It’s finally time to go back to work and you need to find the best childcare solution for your child. Should you choose a daycare or a preschool? There are benefits to each option and it ultimately depends on what you want your child to get out of their time away from home.
Daycares are often open for longer hours than pre-schools. Daycares are designed for working parents, ensuring that the child has a safe environment while the parent is at work. Ideally, children should be cared for in a home setting until 3, but daycares do accept children at younger ages. Unfortunately, this also means that your child may not be getting as much attention if the caregivers are focused on the younger children.
Preschools are designed to aid in child development. Between 3 and 5 years old is a critical age for brain development, so emphasis on education during this time is extremely helpful. Preschools are typically separated by age, which means that children will be able to associate with other children their age. Most states tend to hold preschools to a higher educational standard than daycares.
The best option for your child will depend entirely on your situation. Preschools have many benefits and can help your children develop valuable skills and prepare them for kindergarten. The most important thing is to choose a high-quality place for your child. Ensure that you have done your research and are confident in the place’s ability to take care of your child.
Trust your gut. If you feel uncomfortable with a childcare option, find another solution. The child’s interactions at home tend to affect their overall development more than whether they attend a preschool or a daycare. To learn more about the benefits of preschool for your child, contact us at Corner Canyon Academy today!