If you are thinking about placing your child in child care in Lathlain or any Perth suburb, you probably have a lot of questions. One of the most common is “when is the best time to put a child in child care?” We wish we could give you a cut and dried answer that works for everyone, but child care is not a “one size fits all” application.
We know that your work and home situation will be the main determining factors on whether or not to put your child in a child care centre. We can’t really tell you when it’s time, but we can give you some great info about the different ages and how they react to a child care centre.
Babies (0-18 months)
Most mums try to find a babysitter or single home carer for their babies. Babies usually require one on one attention. If you are thinking of taking your baby to a child care centre, take a visit and see how the “baby room” looks. Is the carer to baby ratio high enough that your child will get all the attention they need?
Toddlers (18 Months-3 Years)
Toddlers respond a lot like babies. They want a lot of attention. They are more able to get around and test their limits. This requires more patience on the part of parents and carers. Good carers will help them understand their limits and boundaries.
Because they are so active, toddlers need an environment that allows them to explore while keeping them safe. Similar to babies, you need a high ratio of carers to children.
Preschoolers (3-5 years)
To put it bluntly, preschoolers should all go to a child care centre. It gives them a head start on learning through play. The Australian “Learning Through Play” program helps your child develop social, mathematical, motor and language skills. They learn how to develop relationships with their peers. They learn to share and cooperate.
Bottom line: if your child doesn’t go to a child care centre between the ages of 3-5, they are going to start out behind their peers in primary school.
To learn more, call the Cuddles Childcare Centre closest to you.