Day-care is a place where children ranging from as little as one month, to any other age, are taken care of during the day. This could be due to the parents being too busy to take care of them during the same time, either due to work, school, or other time consuming obligations. Day-care therefore provides alternative care for little children, when their parents are away. This is widely criticized by a large number of people who believe that children should not be left under the care of strangers.
The idea of taking children to day-care is unacceptable by a good number of people. They probably think this way, because daycare involves putting someone else in the ‘parenting’ picture; as far as spending time with, and caring for the child is concerned. However, this is not exactly negative. This is because day-care provides care for little children while their parents attend to other matters, such as attending school or working to earn a living. It is important for those people who discourage day care to realize that not all parents can afford to stay at home with their children all day, as much as they would like to. This is because they need to attend to other pressing matters. In the end, the child benefits from this as the living earned by the parent during this time, or even education earned during this time, will benefit the child in future.
In addition to the above, it is worth noticing that children in day-care tend to be better adjusted people, due to spending time with people outside their own families. This teaches them how to interact with others. It is the interactions between the parents and other caregivers that actually affect the way a baby’s brain is wired for later learning, as has been suggested by Dr. Diane Arnold, vice president of education for Children’s World Learning Centers. These interactions determine the potential for the way children will learn think, feel and behave for the rest of their lives. Interactions of children with others of their age fosters the sense of community, hence socializing is learnt very early in life. This is an indispensable skill that any child can use for the rest of their lives as they become more exposed to different people around them with the passage of time.
Moreover, day-care also helps in making children more prepared for school. This is because the routine in most day cares is planned to keep children of all ages busy with age appropriate activities, based on interest theme. For instance, routine in a day care such as Childcare Systems includes circle time as well as individual learning time, play time, snack time, lunchtime and rest time. These enhance learning at a preschool level, in that they develop their minds so much in the process of what they may consider to be play. There is also literary exposure in the form of stories, poems, rhymes, as well as self-expression through art, music and movement. For the younger children,...