Child care is a big step for families and making the decision to put your child in care takes a lot of research, consideration and time. Research has shown there are many benefits of enrolling children in a quality early learning centre.

To support families in making this decision we’ve put together a list of the benefits of enrolling your child in an early learning years program.

  1. Social and emotional growth

Enrolling your child in care means giving them the opportunity to understand and manage their emotions, learn social skills as well as learning how to share and take turns. Early learning centres provide children with an opportunity to socialise, growing their social skills and practicing their language.

  1. Ease the transition to school

Child care centres are similar environments to schools, in that there are routine, familiar educators and learning programs designed to suit their age and abilities. Enrolling your child can prepare them for school by helping them focus, build connections and confidence so they are ready for their schooling journey.

  1. Experience activities outside of home

At an early learning centre you child can participate in a wide variety of unique activities and excursions that might not be possible at home. Some unique experiences at YMCA Early Learning Centres include excursions to local parks, visits from the dentist, and beach kinder!

  1. Improve physical wellbeing

Little bodies need to move around a lot! Purpose-built early learning centres are designed for children to move around, especially  YMCA Early Learning Centres that include safe indoor and outdoor play areas!

  1. Advance literacy and numeracy skills 

We know that participating in quality early learning your child will have opportunities to grow their literacy and numeracy skills. Reading and language development are part of Early Learning programs, as well as activities that focus on the development of number knowledge!

Still curious about the benefits of an early learning years education, learn more here.