This parenting business is a tough gig. The decisions you need to make (and continue to make) impact on the wellbeing of the most precious thing in the world to you – so it’s fair to say, you don’t take them lightly.
Finding an outside of school hours program that does more than simply ‘babysit’ your primary school-aged child is a good starting point. Find a before and after school care that encourages your child’s natural curiosity, exploration and problem solving. You want the educators and staff to value and respect your child’s ideas, and to support them to build positive relationships with others…
…and you want a program built on positive interactions, enriching experiences and a safe, happy and empowering environment.
As a parent, you should expect dedicated, qualified educators who encourage, guide and nurture your school aged child into flourishing learners and contributors.
Regardless of whether your work schedule requires care, there are many positive benefits to sending your child to a good quality before and after school care centre.
Interesting Learning Experiences
Many before and after school care programs offer day to day, and speciality programmes based on children’s interests. Less maths and English…more activities like:
And because we have there are different age groups (5 – 12 years usually), your child will be interacting, learning and playing with children in their own age group; or another if they prefer.
A sense of belonging
A good quality outside of school hours program is a fantastic way for your child to make new friends and connect with peers in a new setting giving them a strong sense of belonging.
Improved social skills.
A good quality outside of school hours program promotes cooperation, support, and respect. This can help children feel more secure about joining a game or starting a conversation and increase self-esteem.
One of the greatest benefits of an after-school program is that many have homework clubs. So instead of the nightly routine of juggling homework with bedtime routines and video games, your night will be a little calmer knowing your child has already completed the following day’s tasks… and studies have shown this provides a solid structure for success, and helps their confidence.
But first, Let’s ask the right questions
Before you jump in, here are some questions to ask your local provider, to make sure their Outside of School Hours Care is right for your child.
The fun stuff
If you do the research, and ask the right questions, your outcome will be more positive. A good quality after school hours care program guides and nurtures your school aged child…helping them develop into confident, flourishing learners and contributors.
This post is sponsored by Gowrie NSW.