Locate Day Care Services
If at a stage in the future you think you might need to find day care services for your young child, then now is the time to start researching and looking. The best services may not be the closest to your home, work or where your other children are attending school. The one you eventually select may not have a vacancy in the room of your child’s age group at the time you suddenly decide to look. If you decide to use other than long daycare or family daycare then again it would require booking in advance.
Most Important Years
If you are going to use day care services it will be one of the most important decisions you have to make in regards to the early years development of your child.
The first five years of a child’s brain development are by far the most important in regard to their early learning development. Without getting to complicated and technical, it is during these years that the connectors within the brain are formed. They are formed from the experiences that the child ‘s senses are exposed to through sight, sound, smell and feel. The care and environment that you place your child in during the hours they are not with you will impact on their early years development.
Types of Day Care services
There are many different types of day care services available to you. The first to come to mind may be a large daycare center with 40 to 100 children, of different age groups, in different rooms referred to as Long Daycare or Family Daycare. Another popular form for slightly older children is before and after school care and out of school hours care. Other alternatives are Au Pair, in Home Care as well as a Nanny Service.
Choose Day Care Services on Childs Social Skills
When considering day care services take into account your child’s social skills. It is a fact that children that attend daycare style centers where there are more children are much more social than children that have been in a closed environment, with little interaction with other children for five years with a parent or grandparent. Most teachers who teach children in their first year of schooling can tell which children have not attended a centre and where they have spent time with other children before attending school.
Differing Cost of These Sort of Services
When comparing and considering the cost of these services you need to take into account any government or semi government funding, rebate or subsidy that you may receive. Each country and region varies in what is available to parents. Some funding is income or asset tested and others are paid to all parents. The type of day care services provided could also affect if and funding is available, so fully investigate this before making a final decision.
Use or Don’t Use Day Care Services?
The decision to use or not use these services might be one that you can decide either way or you may have no alternative. The decision you make on the type of day care services is in your hands and all alternatives must be considered. The cost factor must also be taken into account when making the final decision. The future effect on your child’s early learning development should be of most concern. The development of your child’s social skills will also be affected by the decision you take.