Childcare is the first social environment for many children, so it’s no surprise that it often plays a big role in developing their social skills.
In childcare, your child can learn, experiment, and refine skills that will prove valuable as they grow older. Whether it’s teaching them how to make friends or introducing the value of sharing, a good childcare centre provides the stage for your child to learn how to be social and confident.
Here’s what a good childcare centre will let your child do:
1. Practice Building and Maintaining Relationships
Childcare is often the first place where your child can learn about building and maintaining relationships with people who are not your family. Whether it’s making friends with other kids or following authority figures who are not their parents (i.e. carers), childcare introduces different social interactions in ways that are natural and easy to understand.
In childcare, your child can easily learn how to build friendships, gain other people’s trust and favour, and maintain relationships with different people.
2. Learn How to Get Along with Others
Childcare is like a miniature version of the outside world and society in general. This is where they will learn how to get along with others – other kids, older people, strangers – and how to behave in different social situations. Childcare also gives your child the platform to learn and practice valuable interaction skills like sharing and taking turns.
By interacting with other children and older people daily, your child can learn how to get along with people and behave around them – even if they don’t always like them.
3. Reduce Anxiety and Nervousness
Every young child experiences separation anxiety when separated from their parents. But being separated from you is a reality that your young child will need to face eventually. Childcare can help your child ease their way into this, reducing their anxiety by providing a caring and supportive environment while you’re away.
Not only can childcare help them become less anxious about being separated from you, but it can also help them be less nervous when meeting and being around new people. This can prove valuable as they progress to kindergarten and larger social environments.
4. Practice Being Independent
Being away from you is one thing but learning and growing on their own is another. Childcare can help your child become more independent and self-reliant by providing opportunities to explore new things on their own. As they become more comfortable exploring the world without you, they’ll learn how to be more independent and become their own person.
Being on their own may seem scary at first, but the best carers will always make sure it’s a fun and positive experience.
Childcare Offers More Than People Think
To some parents, childcare is a place where their kids can safely be cared for while they go to work or complete errands.
But as the benefits above prove, childcare offers so much more than that. When your child is under the care of a quality childcare centre, they can develop fundamental skills that can contribute to their success in later life.
If you want to learn more about what childcare can do for your child, don’t hesitate to visit our centre to chat with one of our carers. You can also send us a message if you have any questions or enquiries about giving your child quality childcare.