When Is The Best Time To Enroll Your Children In A Daycare Centre
There can be several reasons why parents are thinking about enrolling their children in a daycare centre. It can be because they need to go back to work, are doing volunteer work or undertaking study.
We’ll explain the enrolment process to you, when it’s a good time to enrol your child in a daycare centre and why it’s beneficial for your family.
Is a daycare centre a good idea?
Daycare centres can deliver several benefits to your child. These include:
- Learning how to be independent
- Helping children transition to kindergarten
- Enhancing your child’s social and emotional resilience
- Providing a safe and secure environment for your child so that you’ll have peace of mind while you are away from them
- Developing your child’s language and numeracy skills
- Developing your child’s fine and large motor skills
So when do you start enrolling them? Here are some of our tips:
6 weeks to 15 months old (Nursery)
Babies that are 6 weeks to 15 months old need more one-on-one attention. It’s important to help babies develop secure and trusting attachments with their educators so they have a sense of belonging and confidence within their new environment.
Children adapt and respond quickly to their new nursery environment when their needs are well catered for.
Call Cherubs Early Learning And Kindergarten today and ask for a tour of our nursery.
15 months to 2 years old (Toddlers)
Toddlers have similar child care needs to babies. It’s the time where they start to test their abilities, limits and become extremely active. This means more patience, understanding, and energy from their parents and care providers.
They’ll also need an environment where they can explore, without you having to worry about their safety. So for children at this age, choosing between combined home-based care and daycare centres is possible. However, prompting to enroll them in a day care centre already delivers these advantages:
- Socialising with children of the same age
- Experiencing and exploring an environment that is different from their home
- Participating in activities that can help them develop their brain and motor skills
- Developing emotional independence
If you’re looking for a daycare centre for your toddler that provides a fun, exciting, and safe environment, we’d be glad to show you our rooms and programs. Let’s talk.
2 – 3 years old (Juniors)
Juniors are much more independent than the toddlers age group. This is the usual age that your child learns some independent skills.
These may include:
- Toilet training
- Hand washing
- Putting shoes on
- Packing toys away
- Feeding themselves
Usually children in this age group become much more articulate and are able to easily communicate their feelings and needs. They are much more aware of their boundaries and are able to navigate their surroundings more safely.
If you’re looking for a daycare centre for your 2-3 year old that helps your child establish their independence we’d be glad to show you our rooms and programs. Call us to discuss your requirements.
3 to 5 years old (Pre kindy – Kindy)
Children in this age group have usually begun to develop their basic life skills, such as toileting and hygiene. At this age educators strive to develop the following attributes:
- More advanced language skills including lots of reading, mathematical concepts and science activities
- Development of social and emotional skills through play based activities, such as games, outdoor activities, dramatic play and group activities
- They also learn the concept of friendship, communication and respect
Keep in mind that there’s no such thing as a perfect time or age for the child to do this. So, the right time to enrol your child in a daycare centre depends on you and your child’s needs. Some parents will even need help from a daycare centre as early as 6 weeks old. If you do require care for your child it’s important to make this transition as seamless as possible for you and your child. This is largely dependent on the skills and care given from the centre you attend.