3 Reasons to Enroll Kids in Daycare This Summer

If you’re considering putting your child in daycare, you may wonder when you should enroll them. While Crestwood Preschool Academy takes children as young as six weeks, many pediatricians recommend six months as the youngest age to enroll an infant in daycare. 

Parents of early preschool children (around the age of three to five) who seek to enroll their child in an early educational program consider the beginning of the school year to be the best time for enrollment. However, there are compelling reasons to enroll during the summertime before the school year begins. Let’s examine each below!

Summer Work Solution

Most jobs don’t take a summer vacation, which makes childcare challenging for many parents! Even if you wanted to stay home with your child every day, practically speaking, it’s impossible: you still need to work.

You might be able to juggle a childcare schedule between relatives, friends, educational camps, and VBS events, but it’s a Jenga puzzle that could collapse the moment the adult slated to watch your kid gets sick, has car trouble, or has to work a longer shift. What happens to your child and your job?

The far simpler solution is to enroll your child in Crestwood Preschool Academy. We are open 6:30 AM-5:30 PM, which gives you tremendous flexibility to get all your work (and a few child-free errands) done so you can be fully present with your child when they are home. 

Unlike the constant shuffling of babysitters, Crestwood Preschool Academy is open rain or shine to care for your child.  You can rest easy knowing that you have a reliable childcare solution. 

Our teachers will be consistently familiar faces instead of a shuffling of babysitters. Many parents and children enjoy the relationships they build at Crestwood Preschool Academy so much that they continue with after-school care once school begins!

Prepare For School 

There’s a lot that goes into being academically successful.

For children entering their first year of formal schooling, there are many things adults forget that are challenging to children. Things such as standing in a line, keeping your hands to yourself, raising your hand to ask a question, being quiet while the teacher is talking, and so much more, are skills that are not naturally taught at home. 

Children must have a classroom experience–sometimes learning through trial and error–in order to fully grasp these concepts.

Many first-day jitters are also due to new people and relationships. Children who have never made a friend without a parent’s help may feel intimidated and awkward around peers, and this can cause a lot of anxiety in children. Enrolling your child in daycare during the summer will help them learn essential friendship skills that will benefit them when school starts.  

Children who don’t know these basic skills are at a disadvantage when they begin school. Most of their first few weeks may be predominantly learning new social and scheduling rules instead of academics. 

Instead, children who are enrolled in an early preschool program have confidence walking into their first day of kindergarten. Their educational experience will be enriched because they know how to make friends, listen to their teacher, sit quietly, follow a routine, and much more. 

Keeps Brains Sharp!

Children lose many academic skills throughout the summer because they’re not practicing them. In fact, teachers dedicate a week or more to re-learning academic concepts from the previous year at the beginning of the school year. 

While this refresher period can help your child catch up, adults all remember how the frustration of forgetting academic concepts over the summer and re-learning them in the fall.

If your child is already in school, enrolling them in Crestwood Preschool Academy is still an excellent childcare choice! This is because our modified academic routine keeps kids sharp. They might not be learning new concepts, but they’re practicing ones they’ve already learned so they don’t feel behind and frustrated in the fall. 

These are just a few reasons why enrolling children in Crestwood Preschool Academy during the summer is a wise childcare choice.