Exploring Learning In Childcare Settings

Exploring Learning In Childcare Settings

Preschool Vs Daycare: What's The Difference?

Harry Hawkins

If you are looking for childcare for your prekindergarten child, there are many options available depending on where you live. You may be confused to find some people offering preschool while others provide daycare. What is the difference? Your child is being cared for either way, right? Which is better? In an effort to help you choose what will most benefit your child, here are some pros and cons of each option.

Before getting into that, it can be important to know that no matter where you decide to take your child you should make sure that they are accredited and licensed with the state. Otherwise, you are taking a chance that your child may not be cared for properly. 

Preschool

     Pros

Preschools watch children who are around 3 years to 5 years old, with a specific purpose in mind. One reason that many parents choose preschools is the fact that they are given their basic lessons which they can then use in kindergarten. Preschoolers are usually taught to read and write earlier than other children and may have a head start when compared to their peers. In addition to the curriculum, preschool is a good place for children to practice basic manners. 

     Cons

Preschool can be costly. This depends greatly on the area in which you live and the school's tuition fees. Preschool is also known as a place where children get sick often. This can be influenced by the teachers, though your child may get sick often. Another con of preschool is that they are usually closed on holidays, when you may have to work. 

Daycare

     Pros

Daycare centers accept children at a much younger age than preschools, beginning at just around 6 weeks of age. They are usually a little cheaper than preschools and still watch children on holidays, though some major federal holidays they may be closed. 

     Cons

Many parents choose preschools just to expose their children to academic themes before kindergarten. Some daycare centers seem to engage children in games while not focusing explicitly on their education.

In conclusion, both options can be a great asset for families. However, you need to figure out which option works best for your family and your child. It is a good idea to talk to several different childcare facilities and see what they have to offer before making your decision. Bringing your child with you to "interview" these schools can also be a great idea.


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Exploring Learning In Childcare Settings

Hi there, I am Paul Vangard. I would like to explore the importance of early childhood education on my site. A child's initial caregivers provide him or her with skills needed to succeed in school. Parents must select a childcare facility that encourages learning and free play through the use of a balanced routine. Kids can learn a lot about the alphabet, numbers, nutrition and art by simply playing games at the childcare facility. Furthermore, kids learn tons about appropriate social skills, like making friends, sharing and following directions. The child's caregivers should always strive to turn every interaction into a learning opportunity to help kids thrive. I will discuss these topics and more on my site. I hope you follow along with us. Thank you.

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