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.
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.
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 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.
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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