This post is Sponsored by KinderCare, as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.
When you are a working mom, sending your child to childcare for the first time can be tough. I was home for eight months last year with Riley while I was laid off from my job. When I got my new job, I knew she would have to go to childcare. Before she was staying with my mom during the day, but my mom recently got a job during the day, so we had to look at other options.
Leaving your child for the first time in the hands of practical strangers can be very hard for any mom. From staying at home with my daughter to going back into the workforce, I felt every type of emotion. I went from staying at home to looking for childcare for my daughter in a matter of a week. Signing her up for childcare, going back to work, and adjusting to life as a working mom once again was and has been the most challenging time of my life.
In the beginning, I worried every day how she was. She cried nearly every day for five months when she first started childcare. I worried every single day if she was being treated fairly, getting enough attention, or the main fear if she was safe.
There are a ton of benefits of sending your children to childcare which outweigh the negative thoughts that many moms have when they first send their children to childcare.
This was a huge benefit for my daughter. Since she was born, she was always looked after by my mother. She wasn’t surrounded by any children her age.
Creative play and activities play a very important role in child’s overall learning and development. It is a great time for children to enjoy expressing creative ideas and exploring through songs, dress-ups, art materials, language, and movement.
It’s true that 3- and 4-year-olds still need plenty of parental help, but they can do way more than we think. I love that my daughter is learning to become independent. I love how she is learning to solve simple problems on her own.
Interaction with other Adults
When children are very young, they only learn about other adults from parents and family members. Child Care helps to provide an opportunity for children to see and interact with other adults as mentors and authority figures.
Schedules at child care are very helpful for your children. Having a schedule and activities for toddlers is a great way for their intellectual growth and development. The scheduled activities are also satisfying for us parents as well. I don’t worry about my daughter getting bored due to a lack of structured times for eating, playing and also napping.
Time with their peers
Childcare interaction is an extension of play dates. In the controlled environment of child care, your kids get to spend time around one another in a supervised, structured and safe environment. They also learn how to problem-solve, share and play and learn well together with other children. It helps their minds grow and their personality emerge.
This is why educational facilities like KinderCare are important and valued. KinderCare opened in 1969. Since then, the brand has been as consistent in aiming to help hard-working families in the workforce pursue their dreams and instill confidence in both children and parents alike.
Today, KinderCare has about 1,400 centers in 38 states! They aim to provide outstanding services, confidence, and comfort in families across the nation.
What sets KinderCare apart from other childcare facilities?
The environment they create for children, for families, and for employees. An environment that is:
- Energized by the proven talent of the most dynamic teachers in the country
- Responsive to the passionate, hard-working families eager to see their children flourish
- Enriched by the most robust network of leading experts, partners, and advocates for children
- Measurable in both the experiences we create and the outcomes we help children achieve
When I was selecting childcare for my daughter for the first time, I looked for values that aligned with mine. I wanted to feel confident that my child was in good hands. KinderCare is devoted to their children which gives parents peace of mind to pursue their dreams and to integrate work and life.
Are you Interested in learning more about KinderCare? Visit KinderCare’s website to learn more about their educational philosophy, core values for their communities, and also to find their nearest location.
What are some important things you seek when seeking childcare?