Early childcare education centres have been found to play an important role in the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children. They have also been found to have positive outcomes for the nutritional and physical wellbeing of kids. They even have a few positive impacts you wouldn’t expect!
Keep on reading to learn about 10 surprising ways an early childcare education centre can benefit your child.
Childcare Centres Build Confidence
Early childcare education centres are great for building confidence in children. Spending some time away from home, and away from their parents can help children feel comfortable and build confidence in new social settings.
Time away from home, and parents, allows children to participate freely in unbridled social interactions. Childcare centres help facilitate these sorts of interactions, which has been found to benefit childrens’ interpersonal skills, child development, and boost their self esteem.
Early Education Can Lower Crime Rates
Studies have found that high quality childcare early on in a child’s life can greatly reduce the risk that the baby or toddler will grow up to commit crimes or violent acts. A government funded study from Chicago, which tracked children for 15 years, showed that children who did not attend preschool or participate in early childcare education were 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime by the age of 18.
Quality care continues to be one of the major deterrents for crime and violence, especially for children who come from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.
Kids Tend to Eat Healthier
A study has found that children in daycare or other early childcare education centres may actually eat healthier. Specifically, children are more motivated to try nutritious foods when staff members sit with and eat the same food. A balanced morning tea and afternoon tea is a key focus in childhood education centres. A team of experienced educators will encourage nutritious meals and ensure positive attitudes are developed with food.
On the other hand, merely trying to motivate pick eaters to try new foods was less successful. Slowing down, sitting with the children, eating the same food and talking about the nutritional benefits all led to a greater willingness to try healthy meals.
Educational Success is Jump Started at Young Ages
It has been found that early childcare education centres have the ability to jump start educational success at young ages. In other words, through specific exercises and experimental play, a child can be prepped for educational success from a very young age.
For example, childcare centres may not be specifically teaching children to write. However, through carefully planned games, extracurricular activities, external music programs, and a wide range of play-based learning. a child can build muscle strength, hand eye coordination, hand dominance and visual skills, which all will later translate to an effective transition to their writing and motor skills.
Economies are Stronger with Early Childcare Education Centres
Early childcare education centres play an important role is supporting the local economy and labour markets. Specifically, they allow for more women, those traditionally in charge of child-rearing at home, a wonderful opportunity to enter into the labour force. This, in turn, can boost local economies due to the increased, and diversified, labour force.
Early Education Centres Help Kids Socialise
As a child develops, the more social interaction they can participate in, the better. That is one reason why early childcare centres are so helpful for kids. Because they facilitate socialisation and communication between peers.
A study found that children who attend daycare or early education centres can participate in a more diverse array of social interaction than kids who do not. For example:
- Turn taking
- Conflict resolution
- Verbal and non-verbal communication
- Exceptional leadership skills
- Developing humour
Essentially, the more days a child stays in daycare, the better they can become at communicating. The daily communication a child has in daycare will provide an array of opportunities as the child continues to mature and transition to school.
Early Childcare Education Centres Can Boost Your Child's Immune System
It is never a good time for your child to get sick. However, it is even more inconvenient when they have to miss school because of an ear infection or common cold, and risk falling behind in their education.
Researchers have found that children who attend larger childcare centres before the age of 3.5 experience more bouts of sickness. This is no fun for anyone at the moment. But feeling sick at younger ages actually boosts the immune system, and allows children to have less sickness once they grow up and enter elementary school.
Disadvantaged Children Benefit from Early Childcare Education Centres
Studies from the European Union have found that children from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds tend to participate less in early childcare education centres than other children. Despite this being the case, disadvantaged children, or those experiencing socio-economic or cultural barriers to entry, actually benefit more from early childcare education.
The benefits that arise from early childcare education centres, specifically for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are well documented, which is why many countries have implemented measures to specifically create more opportunities to help those children and families access childcare.
Assessing Education Difficulties or Delays
Parents provide unconditional love and support for their children. However, they are not the best when it comes to recognising and assessing educational difficulties or delays in their children’s development.
On the other hand, early childcare education centres, and the qualified staff and a team of educator that facilitate them, can recognise educational delays in children.
Recognising any areas of concern early on can prompt early intervention and professional help, which later, can positively improve the child’s learning leading to quality outcomes.
Early Childcare Education Creates Autonomy
Building a child's autonomy and independence from a young age sets them up for success later in life as an adult. Childcare centres provide a range of activities and opportunities for children to become more independent and in control of their lives and actions.
With quality educations and early constructive learning, a child that is more independent and autonomous is better able to make their own healthy choices. This sort of practice with decision making, helps build self-esteem and confidence.
Childcare also benefits a parent’s independence. With more free time, a parent can focus more on self-care, and activities that support their socio-emotional well being. Self-care moments, and breaks from child rearing, are crucial for a parent's ability to recharge and refocus their abilities to care for their family.