From my personal experience, when my boys started childcare (both started at 2yrs & 3 months), I saw an immediate improvement in their social & communication skills. Maybe a lot of it had to do with their ages, but they started engaging with the world around them on a completely different level.
I so strongly disagree with this statement and I find it bordering on offensive. I don't like to think that we don't do "enough" with them at home, and are bad or lazy parents, and our kids certainly aren't disadvantaged. We do plenty of fun things with them: lots of reading, lots of craft and building things, playing imaginative games, talking A LOT about things and answering questions, singing, dancing, writing, going to parks and museums and holidays/travelling, but by the end of the day, childcare provides opportunities for experiences that we just can't give them at home. Like visiting a fire station, or watching chickens hatch, or learning to engage with certain children who have different personalities and interests to you, on a regular basis.Childcare is really only important for disadvantaged children - what kids need is love and attention and if you have a loving parent that reads and talks to their child, responds to their needs and provides opportunities for socialisation with other kids early learning isn't NECESSARY.
There's also the fact that they can't get 100% of mummy and daddy's attention all the time so they need to learn new coping skills that they just can't do at home when mum is always there to give a cuddle.
On a social level - No matter how much effort you put into getting your kids to interact with other children outside of childcare, it's not the same as actually being in the social environment of childcare, which is the closest thing they will come to being in school.
That's not to say that if you don't send your kids to childcare, you're doing wrong by them. But certainly there are benefits.
ETA - my kids both go 3 days a week for 8 hours
Last edited by witherwings; 06-10-2016 at 05:59.
My kids go Because I work 3 data a week. If I had family to babysit I wouldn't send them.
For our family daycare is important so I can work. I'd prefer grandparent or aunt care but we don't have that option. My kids don't attend daycare when I'm at home as a SAHP or on maternity leave.
The socialisation aspect isn't important to me as we are social people naturally and my kids are constantly mixing with other kids.
I would never use it again. After working in a few and having my middle children attend years ago i didn't like whst i saw/heard. I know there are probably some great centres and staff somewhere but for me its not an option. I don't want my children institutionalised (they aren't in school either ) but I understand others might not have that choice.
I think it's important.
When I socialise with non Childcare kids I notice a gap.
My eldest who's 4 goes too kindy and loves it! We have 3 younger and they will all be going too when there ready it's important for there development
Family finances can significantly affect people's choices when it comes to kids and work. So it's sort of still a choice (people could theoretically downsize their house etc) however it's one you're tied by the balls by. Can I ask how you are able to have the choice to stay at home with your kids? From Memory your partner only works a little each week? (Apologies if I am wrong). Most people need to have a least one parent working nowdays to pay the mortgage/rent and bills. Many need 2 working.
My little boy is 3. I went back to work 2 days a week when he turned one, then 3 days from about 1.5. He has flourished at family day care, and I've found a lovely "village" with the educator and other families. DS is an only child, and has made some lovely friends. The older children there are great role models for him. I was really worried about daycare, but it has turned out to be a real gift for us.
The educator is a toddler whisperer, as a previous poster said!
Last edited by clbj; 08-10-2016 at 21:01.
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