Child care is a very valuable service that gives parents a bit of time off and children the freedom to begin exploring their own personalities away from their family. However, unlike what many would believe, your role does not end once you drop your kid off at child care for the first time, at least not if you want them to make the most of their time there. If you want your kid to maximise this important time in their life, there are several things you can do to help propel them forward into this new stage of development.
Talk To Their Primary Caretaker Regularly
It is important that you form a relationship with the primary caretaker at the child care centre that you take your child too. This will guarantee you a couple of things but most importantly it will give you valuable insight into how your child is progressing and also what areas could use some help. Sometimes childhood problems only present themselves when around others their same age and child care can help illuminate any problems in a safe environment. If your kid has learning or socialising problems, this is the time you want to find out about it so you can begin helping them as young as possible.
Help Them Practice
Depending on your child care centre (and if it is a preschool or not), there may be a certain amount of basic learning tasks that the children undertake. A preschool is great to help give your kid a head start on what they will be dealing with in a few years at school. Often children are excited to begin learning and you must make sure you don't squander this enthusiasm. Read short stories with them and see if they can begin to make out words, do some basic arithmetic and draw some shapes. Supporting what they learn in child care with at-home activities is the best way to ensure this information sticks.
Meet Up With Others Outside Of Child Care
If your child begins to make friends at child care, then you should encourage this and try and help them see their new mates in other, non-structured environments. This can help them develop lifelong bonds, and creating these friendships is a key part of socialisation. Kids learn a lot from each other and letting them visit each other so that they can nurture these bonds is rewarding for you and them. Take them to a kids' movie or a trampoline park. Even just letting them run around your house while you and other parents catch up is a good plan and this can be extremely easy to organise.
Look for a child care centre near you for more information.