One of the great things about dropping your child off at a Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area is that the TV isn’t going to be your child’s “babysitter.” We know that it can be tough to juggle time as a working parent. We know you have to cook when you get home and don’t have as much time to spend with your children as you like.
We also know that TV spends a lot of time and money creating characters and marketing specifically to children. This makes the TV extremely attractive to children. If you let your child watch TV all day, he or she will probably watch TV all day. This leads us to a question: how much TV time is too much TV time? Or better yet: what is the best amount of TV time for your child?
The Surprising Answer
Most experts in the child development field agree: your preschooler should have no more than one hour of screen time a day. Screen time includes TV, computer and DVD time.
If you have picked your jaw up off of the floor yet, you are probably wondering how you could possibly keep your child’s screen time so low or why you would want to. Believe it or not, there are some compelling reasons to limit your child’s screen time.
The most important reason is that you should balance your child’s screen time by having them engage in activities that help their development. This can include doing puzzles, playing with toys, playing outside and other activities such as reading with their mom or dad.
The habits your children form in their preschool years can stick with them for life. Teach them to depend on something besides the TV for entertainment and fulfillment. The TV affects your preschooler’s concentration and focus on other activities. Even if it is on in the background, it will divert their attention.
Call Cuddles Childcare Centre Today
To learn more or to enquire about day care, call your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area today.