Child care, daycare, or preschool is mostly associated with care for or a supervision of a child or a number of children, mostly ranging from age of six weeks to age of thirteen. The action and/or skill of looking after children is performed by a babysitter, a day care center or some other providers. Daycare for children usually refers to a facility for childcare to which parents take their children for care during daytime, and also supervision and learning. Daycare centers are specialized in providing care of infants as well as pre-school care for school-aged children. A vast number of people believes that attending a daycare center can only yield positive results for children. One of the most important factors which determine the quality of childcare is the actual number of children a caregiver is providing for; the fewer the number, the better the care. In addition, caregivers who had some college education and those who had positive beliefs about children provided more supportive care. The recent studies have found that parents whose children are provided with high-quality daycare may noticeably benefit by learning skills from the childcare providers.
When it comes to daycare, you are given a choice between two types of facilities. You can choose a home daycare, which means that caregiver will provide childcare at her own home, usually while simultaneously caring for her own child or children. The possible downside of this option is that, while some home daycare providers have adequate training and are state licensed, a fair number of them are not. The other option is using Group Daycare, which includes facilities that are licensed by the state and are operated on a similar basis as schools with children of different age cared for in their respective age groups. Some of these schools are usually operated by the employers themselves. The majority of parents usually choose the Group Daycare option with studies showing that more than a quarter of infant children are under this type of care.
Preschools are mostly associated with daycare and they are considered the most popular form of daycare. There are a number of benefits of preschool program that you and your child can have. For many children, preschool is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children. It presents a perfect opportunity to gain the knowledge of how to share, how to follow instructions, and establish the basic foundation for the process of learning that awaits them in elementary school. As the institution of kindergarten becomes more and more academic, many parents think of preschool as a means of launching their child on the path to success in further education. Children in preschool program also have the opportunity to befriend and socialize with other kids of similar age, which presents an advantage for parents who had their children cared by a babysitter. Last but not least, a final advantage, particularly in comparison with the care service provided by a nanny, home daycare, and relative care, is that if a some kind of misfortune strikes the care provider (e.g. sickness), the parents don’t need to urgently look for a replacement.