There is much debate out there about how old a child should be before you take them to daycare. The answer really depends on your own preferences, but you should know that there are lots of benefits that come with child care for small children. The following is a list of the top five advantages of daycare for young kids:

  1. Children who start daycare at a young age are less likely to be susceptible to emotional issues, like separation anxiety, socialization issues, and more. They also learn how to behave in a classroom setting and around children of their own age.
  2. Daycare can help to build your child’s immune system. While it is possible that they could come home with a cold a few times during their daycare years, it will help them to develop a stronger immune system for later in life. Studies have shown that children who go to daycare before they are two and a half years old, are less likely to get sick during their elementary school years.
  3. Children learn a great deal when they go to daycare at an young age. All of the educational playtime, socialization, and learning activities can help your child to enjoy increased intellectual abilities later in life.
  4. Daycare makes the transition into elementary school a lot easier. It gets them used to listening to a teacher, playing and learning with others, and operating on someone else’s schedule.
  5. Daycare can help you! When you spend all of your time with a toddler, it can be hard on your sanity. When you take your child to a daycare center, you can enjoy some much-needed “me time”.