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Advantages and Disadvantages of Daycare Centers

Updated on June 9, 2017
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A parent himself, Srikanth is passionate about helping parents take good care of their children.

What is a daycare center?

Daycare center is a place which is dedicated to taking care of preschool children. Some day care centers also take care of disabled adults. Day care centers are becoming popular as both the parents are compelled to work due to tough economic conditions. A good daycare center is supposed to relieve parents of the worry related to the well being of their child in their absence.


Advantages of daycare centers

Professionally managed daycare centers provide a growth oriented environment for children. They care of minute details, including the interior design and lighting. They transform halls and rooms into teachers, where children love to learn.

Lighting affects both children's behavior and staff performance.... Natural daylight within a space, in particular, has physical and mental health advantages.

— James Singleton, an architect

Caregivers are trained in handling children. Some day care centers facilitate interaction among parents, which results in some kind of community building. They impart training appropriate to the age of the child (like singing, drawing, physical activities, dancing and storytelling).

Learning spaces that are physically and psychologically comfortable promote a sense of well-being, keep minds focused, and limit distractions.... Comfort is not always a quantifiable phenomenon, but we know that when people are uncomfortable, they are distracted. Temperature, lighting, and furnishings all play a role in a person being comfortable.

— Herman Miller Learning Spaces Research Program

Daycare centers ensure that the child is under the supervision of many adults. A research study conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development indicates that children in professionally managed daycare centers are more intelligent when compared to children in other types of care.


Daycare centers provide an opportunity for children to socialize with other children. Professionally managed day care centers are equipped with first aid kits. Daycare centers are definitely more stable and reliable than nannies. They adhere to specific schedules. This makes it possible for parents to focus on their work during the day. Nannies are more expensive than daycare centers.


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Disadvantages of daycare centers

Contagious diseases spread very quickly in the closed environs of daycare centers. Children tend to develop attachments. They may feel disturbed when their favorite caregiver quits the job. Daycare centers may not help parents who work in shifts. Some daycare centers admit many children.

Children learn very fast. Your child may pick up bad behavior from other children at the daycare center. Staff to child ratio is very high in some daycare centers. Before admitting your child, it is advisable to check the staff to child ratio of the center. It is important to check if the center has adequate license to operate.

It is a good idea to speak to parents of other children and to have their opinion about the center. A disgruntled caregiver has the potential to create havoc on the tender mind of your child. Parents miss the "firsts" their child goes through. They also feel guilty of not being able to provide hundred percent care to their child during its formative years.

Top 5 Daycare Centers in the US

Sl No
Daycare Center
Top of the World Preschool
Challenger School
Children's Creative Learning Centers
KidCare Learning Centers
Knowledge Beginnings Learning Centers

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.

— Nelson Mandela

© 2016 Srikanth R


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