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What option is better for your child – professional day care at crèche or hiring your own caregiver?

What option is better for your child – professional day care at crèche or hiring your own caregiver?

One of the most important choices parents have to make in the critical first months and years of their child’s life is whether to hire an at-home caregiver or find a professional day care/play school in their area. Your child is developing rapidly both mentally and physically during this time, building their foundation for future learning and achievement, so knowing the pros and cons of each option will help you make the best decision for your little one.

What does day care or play school offer your child that caregivers can’t?

  • Social skills development – This is just as vital for children with siblings as it is for your only child. Day care provides plenty of social stimulation which helps children to learn about sharing, rules, co-operative play and respect. In addition to learning new things from other children and making friends, your child also gets a chance to share his or her skills with peers on a daily basis.
  • Great facilities – Play schools, crèches and day cares are able to invest in a wide range of the best learning facilities available – from toys and supervised activities to advanced jungle gyms and more. This allows your child to explore in a child-friendly space that offers new, fun challenges for each stage of development.
  • Supervision and safety – Looking after a child requires patience, dedication and love around the clock. By having an experienced, qualified team of caregivers caring for your little one through the day, you have the peace of mind that comes from knowing there is more than one pair of eyes on your child at all times. Day cares and play schools also implement strong safety measures to ensure your child is cared for properly at all times, from security cameras and supervised visitors to hygienic facilities and advanced child-proofing.
  • Value for money – Hiring your own caregiver may seem the inexpensive choice at first, but it’s important to look at all the benefits your day care is offering. This includes constant one-on-one attention which your caregiver may not be able to give, advanced early education that requires extensive training to deliver and an environment which is uniquely designed to bring out the best in your little one’s development.

At Doodlebugs Play School near Craighall, Johannesburg, we pride ourselves on giving your child the ideal environment and stimulating daily routine in which to thrive. For more information on our play school or baby day care services, or to visit our centre, please contact us today. We look forward to meeting you and having your child join our family.