The choice between long daycare or pre-school can be somewhat confusiing so I’m here to explain. Below are some points to ponder and help you make the right choice for your children
Long daycare is based in a centre especially for children from 0 to 5 years old. The centre is specially designed to cater for parents and guardians who work on a full-time or part-time basis. The organisations who manage these centres are mainly private, community, local council, or occasionally non-profit.
These centres offer the best start in your child’s journey in education, social skills and ability to prepare them physically and mentally for school. The programs offer a variety of playing and learning alongside guidance from highly skilled staff and managers. They are very safe environements where children can play and relax.
Why choose long daycare?
Your child will have a fantastic experience exploring and learning new games and activities. They will develop close relationships with staff and children helping their confidence and social skills. They will also get valuable physical activity which is healthy for their weight and overall health.
Great news is that The Australian Government is going to invest a whopping 40 Billion into early learning and chilcare, and this includes all centres.
Pre-school is actually the same as daycare but offers a planned program 2 years prior to children going to school. They get the opportunity to develop literacy, numeracy, reading and writing skills as well as developing social and physical strength as daycare, before their real school program. So in my opinion if you choose long daycare or pre-school for your children you are investing in their future whatever you choose.
The hours in most pre-schools follow the same as their next real school so this can work out better for most parents and their working hours. There really is not much difference at all and to be honest any centre offering all the above is such a blessing for parents and the children alike. If all Australian children can start their education as young as 1 or 2 years old in daycare or pre-school we have bright futures ahead.
Contact us at Kidsoft to discuss centre start ups, training, or if you are taking over an existing centre. We have the best team in Australia at your finger tips with over 25 years experience.