You might be considering enrolling your child in a childcare program, but aren’t quite sure if that’s the direction you want to go. If your infant or toddler has been at home with you up to now, the decision can be especially difficult, and you want to know that you’re making the right choice. This can include criteria such as the childcare curriculum, meals and snacks offered, activities throughout the day, the teacher to student ratio, location, and the hours, to name a few.
Smart Start is a childcare program that is designed to cultivate the health and happiness of the whole child in his or her educational program. Whether you have an infant, toddler, or school-aged child who needs to attend one of our three Smart Start locations, we’ve got your needs covered. Contact us now to learn more about us, and to schedule your tour!
Here are some of the advantages of enrolling your kids in a childcare program.
Babies and tots will have exposure to their peers throughout the day in a fun, structured environment when they’re part of a childcare program. Each of our Smart Start locations embraces a childcare curriculum that’s lush with activities, learning opportunities, and citizenship activities. When children engage in these opportunities with their peers, they’re learning the curriculum while also socializing, learning better behavior, and learning to share their experiences, too!
As you well know, school and adult life are driven by routines and schedules. An important part of that lesson is working together as a community, whether it be a school or workplace or family, to make those schedules work. Daycare centers begin teaching children schedules from infancy, establishing a routine that will help create a structured day. Structure makes kids feel more comfortable, so they’re less likely to be cranky at the end of the day.
Ready for Kindergarten
Going to kindergarten is a big leap for every child, but it can feel like an even bigger one for those who didn’t have preschool experience. When you enroll your child in a daycare center with an educational childcare curriculum, you’re giving them the advantage when it’s time to go to kindergarten. They’ll be used to spending their days with other kids and adults, they’ll be used to the structure and schedule, and they’ll be more attuned to the type of learning expected of them. More than that, the types of play and learning they engage in have been shown to give daycare children higher intellectual abilities than those who didn’t go.
When your children are first exposed to public places where they’re around other children every day, you might notice that they get sick a little bit more. But that’s only at first! Once they build their immunity, they’ll catch fewer colds and won’t be sick as often, which is especially important once they start school. In fact, JAMA Pediatrics did a study that found that children who started daycare before they were two and a half years old got sick much less once they reached elementary school than kids who didn’t go to daycare.
If you’re interested in enrolling your kids in a childcare program that’s as comprehensive as it is fun, check out our three Smart Start locations! We would love to give you a tour, answer your questions, and help start the enrollment process. Contact us today!