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Childcare versus Nursery Care

Children begin learning from the moment they are born.  It’s a well-known fact that small children absorb knowledge at a much greater rate than their older siblings and us, their ageing parents!

The most rapid development of a child’s brain takes place between birth and the age of two.  However, your child continues to learn and develop rapidly during the important early years. You, the parent, are your child’s first teacher.

There does however come a time when your child needs more stimulation than the immediate family can provide. Particularly if you and your partner are working, which is where pre-school nursery education really comes into it’s own.

It is widely recognised that children can benefit enormously from the social interaction that a preschool nursery education brings. As well as gaining a head start in the classroom.

Children who attend day nurseries or playgroups learn to share, be tolerant and how to behave considerately. Even if they just attend for a few hours a week. These children are likely to be more confident and outgoing when they begin school. Those who have been ‘cocooned’ in the family home for the first four years of life are generally much less use to socialising.

There are hidden benefits too  

Children who attend preschool day nursery become used to eating away from home and trying out a range of foods. So no nasty shocks when they first come face to face with a school dinner!

They may also have a wider appreciation of books and art. The classroom is often a more suitable environment for sloshing around glue and poster paints than your kitchen table. There’s certainly less mess for you to clean up.

Since the UK government introduced Early Years Funding more than a decade ago, more families have been encouraged to send their children to a day nursery prior to starting school.

Learning can give children a great start in life.  Through learning and playing with other children in a safe and structured environment. From an early age, they could have an invaluable head-start when they begin school.

This helps to ensure that they come out of the classroom much more self-confident, considerate and articulate, with well developed personalities and abilities.

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Nursery or Childcare? Which is best for your child?

One of the biggest challenges a parent faces when they make the decision to return to work is, how do I find quality, affordable and reliable childcare?

For childcare there are lots of different options out there, nannies, childminders, au pairs, nursery schools but how many of these can you rely on to provide full time, hassle free daycare throughout the year.

What a nursery provides over home based childcare:

A nursery school offers parents flexible full time childcare, which can often be tailored to suit individual lifestyles. As well as full time day care, shorter sessions or flexible hours may suit parents who are working part time. Parents can rely on a day nursery to be open all year regardless of staff holidays or sickness.

A nursery offers an extension of the home environment where children’s self-esteem, confidence and individuality is embraced and developed. Children take steps towards being confident independent learners, undertaking valuable life skills which will serve them for life.

A nursery environment offers a safe and stimulating environment dedicated to your child’s individual needs, every day is a tailored learning opportunity with children embracing new activities and experiences.

What are the childcare benefits to children in a nursery:

Children will spend their days playing, learning and having fun with friends. They will have access to a wide range of toys and resources.

Children learn about the world around them, gaining knowledge of different cultures and beliefs and have the opportunity to celebrate different festivals.

Children develop social skills, learn to share and be part of a team all helping to develop confidence and independence.

Children learn to accept structure within their day, a vital life skill which will be of paramount importance when starting full time education.

What are the chidcare benefits to parents in a nursery:

Parents can feel reassured that their child is being cared for by a qualified Early Years Professional with each Professional contributing a wealth of knowledge and experience.

A parent’s importance is never underestimated; parents have constant contact with their child’s Key Worker with parents involved in every aspect from daily updates to big milestones such as potty training.

A good nursery should work in partnership with parents to nurture and develop every child as an individual.

The big question for parents is, would your child have the same care and attention from nannies, child minders or au pairs?

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