We all want what’s best for our children, and it can be easy to succumb to our parental instinct to keep our children beside us forever.
But the truth is, babies don’t keep. In fact, they grow up faster than we may like. Before we know it, they’re off to their first day of kindergarten and the adventures beyond.
It’s our parental responsibility to look to our child’s future and create an environment that will propel them to live a successful and happy life.
One of the best ways to accomplish this is by enrolling your child in a daycare or preschool program. And here are a few reasons why:
Your Child Learns Structure and Routine
There’s a reason many pediatricians and parent Facebook groups recommend putting babies on a schedule. Children have an innate need for structure and thrive on a routine. Structure and routine give your child stability so they can learn and grow.
If your child’s first exposure to routine is kindergarten, they (and you!) are likely in for a bumpy ride. But enrolling your child in a daycare or preschool program allows them to accommodate to a routine and understand expectations. When these foundational pieces are in place, your child is free to enjoy kindergarten.
Your Child Learns Social Skills
Even if your child has excellent play skills with a sibling or playmate, kindergarten opens a new world with lots of new friends. If your child is used to playing with only a handful of friends, they don’t have well-rounded social skills. This may hinder their experience in kindergarten–and it’s something that can be avoided by practicing social skills at preschool.
If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!