Sometimes it may seem as though everyone has an opinion about child care – even those who haven’t stepped foot in an early learning centre for a few decades!
If you’ve been hesitating to book in for a tour at a centre near you because of any concerns you may have, this article is here to dispel some of the most common myths around early childhood education for children aged zero and up.
From the cost to the health reasons and everything in between, let the myth-busting begin…
“It’s too expensive!”
Unlike Europe, where child care fees can be incredibly low, we aren’t quite so lucky in Australia. That being said, most families do still qualify for some kind of government rebate on their fees. The Child Care Subsidy is applied to daily fees depending on how much ‘work-related’ activity you and your partner undertake each fortnight, along with your combined family income and the amount of early education child care accessed.
While each situation is different, the vast majority of Australian families accessing child care are benefiting from the new subsidy. To find out how you might benefit, contact the Community Kids enrolment team on 1800 314 517 to discuss.
“They’re just glorified babysitters!”
While there’s a lot of play time at child care, rest assured that children aren’t just going to run rogue around an outdoor area for eight hours at a time before crashing out on the nearest surface.
Whether they’re looking after the tiniest of babies or a kindergarten-ready five-year-old, child care educators are trained professionals, with minimum qualification requirements. From Certificate 3 qualifications through to Diplomas and even Bachelor of Early Teaching – our educators are masters of the early years! They follow a government-approved learning framework and even a code of ethics that focuses on education and care.
Throughout their day, children will be led in carefully considered activities that support their learning and development including arts projects, sports, games, play time, singing and cooking. Play time is learning time, and so children will be taking in all kinds of new information while they have fun! They may even learn another language or take part in yoga or mindfulness classes – so it all goes way beyond just ‘babysitting’.
“Early education doesn’t really matter”
Here’s a fun fact – more happens in the human brain from birth to age three than any other time in the human lifespan. That means it’s a prime opportunity for children to access quality education and care, so that their social and emotional development is on track.
Everything that goes on in an early learning centre happens in a group learning environment, preparing children to be successful in lifelong learning. Educators also focus on things like teaching young ones to understand, label and self-regulate their emotions, encourage friendships and negotiate conflict.
In the end, it all sets them up for success as learners and eases future transitions as they move on with life beyond child care.
“My child will be too upset when they’re left behind”
It’s pretty normal for children to show discomfort when separated from parents; and if anything, it demonstrates a strong attachment to the parent, which isn’t a bad thing!
While many might be quick to worry about separation anxiety, educators will simply work with each individual family to ease the transition from centre to home. Before you know it, your child may just be running into the centre each morning without even a backwards glance.
“The food is unhealthy”
Don’t we all wish we could have our own personal chef on hand to whip up delicious, healthy meals that are different every day, and in line with national health guidelines?
Most children attending our centres are lucky enough to be fed multiple meals per day, or at least morning and afternoon tea, freshly prepared by our in-house chefs.
From butter chicken to Moroccan beef, spaghetti bolognese and Indonesian nasi goreng, the meals are not only nutritious but cover a range of international cuisines. Some centres may even have veggie gardens to encourage kids to participate in picking herbs and vegetables to add to their plates.
“There are too many germs”
It’s true that children may be exposed to bugs while attending child care; but this helps build immunity to common bugs throughout their early years, reducing the risk of them catching the same bugs in later years.
Centres also have standards and procedures in place to mitigate the risk of health issues, such as some very thorough cleaning regimes. Plus they also encourage sick children to stay home in bed to reduce the spread of germs.
Want to find out more about a Community Kids centre near you? Speak to our family specialists and book a tour today by calling 1800 314 517.