Your maternity leave is coming to an end and sending your child to a new and strange place for the workday is probably the last thing you want to do. But enrolling your kid in daycare is one of the best things you can do for them.
When children are around other children their age, under the supervision of professionals, it’s beneficial for their emotional and social development. At the Y, children learn to share, resolve arguments and play well with others. They also make new friends, adopt skills that will help them later in life, and learn to become better at communicating. YMCA early care doesn’t just give parents the time they need to provide for their family, it also provides children with important social interactions that help them to learn and grow.
Children participating in a daycare program participate in a structured and supervised environment. While it may be more laid back than traditional schooling, it still follows a schedule including snack times, engaging learning activities and playtimes. Your child will follow a similar schedule once they begin Kindergarten and progress through grade school. Kids starting their ‘school’ career in YMCA Children’s Academy will find it easier to adjust to formal schooling.
It may seem like kids in daycare are always sick. All those early childhood sniffles pay off down the road by toughening up your child’s immune system. Similar to vaccines, exposure to germs and diseases when they are in daycare helps your kids to be better able to fight off illnesses as they grow older. In short, they’re getting it all out of their system now so they can grow into healthy adults.