High-quality childcare benefits children socially, behaviourally, emotionally and intellectually. The right childcare will prepare you child for life as an adult. How do you sort the great childcare from the average?
Well, a high-quality childcare or ‘early education’ centre will have:
The Brook has all of the above and more.
High-quality childcare provides children with the stimulation and affection they need to grow and thrive. The benefits of high-quality childcare include:
Recent research has shown that the early years (ages 0-5) are the most sensitive for brain development – over 90% of brain growth occurs during this period. While they’re at daycare, kids develop physical motor skills as well as learning about maths, literacy, communication and problem solving through a range of fun activities.
Studies show that children who receive high-quality childcare have higher intellectual abilities thanks to their exposure to opportunities for observation, socialisation and parallel play (where children play adjacent to each other without influencing one another’s behavior). The latest results from the long-running U.S. National Institutes of Health study show children in high-quality childcare scored slightly higher on measures of academic and cognitive achievement years later as teenagers. They were also slightly less likely to act out than peers who were in lower-quality childcare.
Another study in the journal, Developmental Psychology confirms the importance of good childcare and found that people who attended high-quality childcare in the 1970s are still reaping the benefits today. In this study, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) found that graduates of high-quality childcare had more years of education and were four times more likely to have earned college degrees than members of a control group – 23% compared to 6%.
Daycare provides kids with the opportunity to develop their language, communication and social skills. Kids make friends and learn how to interact with others, solve conflicts, empathise, express their thoughts and feelings, regulate emotions, share, solve problems and be team players as well as leaders. Learning these communication skills prepares kids for school and beyond.
School can be quite a shock for children who have never been in a similar social environment.
According to a study from the University of Adelaide, “Children who receive a quality childcare experience at age 2-3 are more likely to be attentive and better able to deal with their emotions as they start school. Childcare is a key caregiving setting, where learning how to relate to others and deal with emotions and behaviours takes place.” In this study, it was found that children who experienced higher quality relationships and activities in formal childcare were more attentive and better able to their regulate emotions as they started school.
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