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Quality Child Care Can Lead to a Healthy Brain

by , 30th Dec 2019

From the moment babies are born, they’re ready to start learning. The first few years (0 to 5 to be exact) are considered to be the child’s formative years, a period in their life when their brain development is the fastest. This essentially means that everything that a child learns in the first five to eight years of their life will serve as the foundation for their future knowledge and skill acquisition. That’s why quality child care is essential. 

Other than their parents, siblings, and other family members, child care providers also play an important role in shaping a young mind. Like every parent, you want your child care to be of high quality as this will inevitably impact your kid’s brain development and shape them into individuals they grow up to be.

A link between quality child care and kids’ development

There have been numerous studies that aimed to establish a connection between the child’s brain development (and student success later on) and the quality of the child care they were receiving. The results all suggested that the children who attended pre-school child care of higher quality were perceived as having more developed social and cognitive skills.

Researchers also concluded that when children are working in a positive, friendly environment where their individual needs and requirements are met by experienced caregivers, this can significantly impact their brain activity, bringing out the best in them and shaping them into individuals who are caring and kind.

Moreover, children who engage in activities that promote their linguistic, mental, physical, and social development while also feeling safe and nurtured grow up to become individuals who are socially smart, which enables them to replicate their positive experiences when engaging in interactions later on.

The results all suggested that the children who attended pre-school child care of higher quality were perceived as having more developed social and cognitive skills.

The results all suggested that the children who attended pre-school child care of higher quality were perceived as having more developed social and cognitive skills.

Long-term benefits for children

Other than providing a significant amount of support to families with younger kids and especially working parents, quality child care also brings a host of benefits when it comes to children themselves.

Children who attended high-quality child care are more likely to do better in school and as a result, they’re more likely to go to college.

They also have higher chances of securing higher salaries for themselves later on. Moreover, there are lower chances of their involvement with the criminal justice system, making child care an early investment with a significant long-term impact.

Early childhood experiences shape the children’s health and development, largely determining their long-term success. Enrolling your children in quality child care is the first step you can take to assist them in their journey of lifelong learning.

Enrolling your children in quality child care is the first step you can take to assist them in their journey of lifelong learning.

Enrolling your children in quality child care is the first step you can take to assist them in their journey of lifelong learning.

Types of child care

Depending on the country you’re from, there are various types of child care you can enroll your kid in.

In Australia, for example, there are four different kinds of child care – home-based, center-based, family daycare, and care provided outside school hours. Child care is typically reserved for younger children, but you can also find child care services for kids that are of primary-school-age.

In the United States, it is reported that almost two-thirds of children aged three to five get pre-kindergarten child care on a regular basis. While the cost of child care varies from country to country, it is becoming increasingly popular as more working parents require child care during non-traditional hours that fit into their tight schedules. A quarter of all children enrolled in some type of child care receive additional care, and having more than one child care arrangement isn’t uncommon either.

With the number of working mothers constantly increasing, especially in places like Hong Kong, the need for child care is growing. This has many Hongkongers opting for playgroup programs that make it possible for their kids to learn through play. By engaging in various activities that promote sensory, physical, and cognitive development, they’re ensuring their little ones develop to their fullest potential.

Unfortunately, in Serbia, only every other child is enrolled in child care. Many of them miss the long-term benefits of quality child care for their development. However, you can help change that! Click on this link https://fundraise.novakdjokovicfoundation.org/ and help give every child in Serbia an equal chance!

About the author: Diana Wills is a freelance writer and a Biochemistry graduate. Besides her Ph.D. studies, she has a special interest in writing about a healthy lifestyle, family wellness, and self-care. She’s a regular contributor at HighStyleLife.com and Ripped.me, along with many other online publications. Her case-study publications on healthy nutrition and self-care topics were featured on relevant websites from the niche and her current projects are focused on child development news and researches.

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  • okoronovember@gmail.com' November Chizurumoke says:

    Enrolling your child in a good day care helps her in building certain skills.
    Good day cares expose the kids to various types of plays and through such plays, they learn.

  • lilyjohnson112@gmail.com' Lily says:

    Yes, that’s correct. If we are teaching our kids the right things at the right age, this can bring a great change in their lives. Good activities can promote cognitive and physical growth in kids. In institutions like preschools, child care centres and kindergartens, kids learn so many necessary skills. So choosing a particular preschool is also very important for parents.

  • alicialim1112@yahoo.com' Alicia says:

    Yes, that’s correct. If we are teaching our kids the right things at the right age, this can bring a great change in their lives. Good activities can promote cognitive and physical growth in kids. In institutions like preschools, child care centres and kindergartens, kids learn so many necessary skills. So choosing a particular preschool is also very important for parents. In Singapore, parents can get some help in reading reviews and choosing a good preschool for their kids at preschoolguru.com it’s really very helpful.

    • NDFAdmin says:

      Dear Alicia

      Thank you for your comment! We are glad that you also recognize the importance of investing in the early years and development of a child’s brain at that age.

  • savic.katarina@gmail.com' Kathy says:

    What age is the best age to send a baby/toddler to daycare from a development point of view? In the USA women get only around 3 .5months of maternity. The questions are, is it better to leave a job, hire a nanny, or send them to daycare after those 3.5 months?

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  • chancetcook@gmail.com' Chance Cook says:

    I didn’t know that two-thirds of kids go to pre-kindergarten classes in the US. Hopefully, I can find a daycare that does this. That way my kids won’t be left behind.
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  • johncarstonquest@gmail.com' John Carston says:

    I like how you mentioned that your child will have developed social and cognitive skills when you choose a great child care center. My cousin mentioned to me last night she is planning to enroll my nephew in a child care center and asked if I have any idea where is the best option to consider. Thanks to this informative article and I’ll be sure to tell her that it will be much better if she consults a trusted child care center as they can answer all her inquiries and will provide good-quality education and memories for my nephew. https://kidstowncenters.com/kidstown-smoky-hill-1

  • hue.millie@gmail.com' Millie Hue says:

    I love that you pointed out that enrolling our children in child care will be the first step to assist them in their lifelong learning journey. With that in mind, I will make sure that we will send our first child to one once he or she is at the right age. We are actually researching now since we found out that we are pregnant just this month. https://www.rosegardenchildcare.com.au/child-care

  • johncarstonquest@gmail.com' John says:

    I like how you mentioned that it is important for the child to feel positive experiences for the development. My sister told me last night that she plans to enroll my nephew in daycare and asked if I had any suggestions for the best place to look. Thanks to this helpful article, I’ll be sure to tell her that it’s much better if she contacts a reputable daycare, as they can answer all of her questions and provide my nephew with high-quality education and memories. https://www.learningtreeutah.com/programs

  • henrykillingsworth33@gmail.com' Henry Killingsworth says:

    I like how you pointed out that children that attend pre-school can develop more social and cognitive skills. Fall is fast approaching, and I want to find a day school program that my son can attend. It seems like finding the right childcare program can allow my son to develop better social skills. https://www.abqchildcare.com/south-valley

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