Crèches and daycare

Crèches and daycare centers

What is a crèche or daycare center?

A crèche, daycare or nursery is a childcare center where babies, toddlers, and young children are cared for in a safe and stimulating surrounding.

Crèches mostly cater to the children of parents with full-time or part-time jobs. With the increase in the number of nuclear families and working parents, crèches and daycare centers is being used by many parents.

There are different types of crèches and daycare centers:

  • Private daycare chains. These are run by the same management in more than one location or operate as franchises. Standard rules and regulations are followed uniformly all across the centers. Teachers or supervisors take care of the babies with the help of assistants, nannies or ayahs(maids). Centers like this usually have a large number of babies.
  • Private or stand-alone nurseries. These are run either by an individual or group of individuals. They do not have any branches or other centers. Teachers or supervisors take care of the babies with the help of ayahs or nannies. The number of babies admitted in these nurseries usually depends on space and staffing.
  • Home-based crèches. This is the most common form of daycare in India. Here, the caretaker runs a crècheat her own home. Usually, it’s only one or two people who handle the babies. They may have an ayah who helps them out. A home-based crèche usually has a limited amount of seats. Usually, these have just a few babies.
  • Daycare centers attached to independent schools. Some schools have the option of daycare for babies. These may be a combined playschool or regular school with older children. They generally have qualified professionals to take care of the babies, along with ayahs.
  • Workplace crèches. Some companies offer the option of workplacecrèches. This option helps working mums to provide care for the baby in the same premises while they are at work. These are quite uncommon in India but some organizations are now offering this set-up.

Each of these crèches may accommodate a different numbers of children ranging from five to 50 or more. Many have long waiting lists so it’s a good idea to research and explore your options well in time.

What are the usual timings of most crèches?

Crèches cater to parents who work full-time or part-time. The basic timings range from about 8 am to 6.30 pm. Some crèches may open earlier and close later to accommodate parents who keep long hours or have a long commute.

What will my child do at the crèche?

A crèche or daycare is a place where babies, toddlers, and young children can play, learn, enjoy meals and rest. There will be plenty of opportunities for your child to play and develop herself. Like traditional schools, crèches also focus on development. Learning through play is now a valued concept.

  • Physical development activities. Most creches will have outside activity areas where your child can play outdoor games. Depending on the age of your child, your child may play running and catching games, hide-and-seek-games and other such games that include physical activities. This helps your child in motor skill
  • Social activities. The biggest advantage of daycare centers is that the children will be able to play with other children. There may be separate rooms for different age groups, partly so that the babies are not disturbed by active toddlers. This helps your child to develop social skills at a very young age.
  • Creative activities. Children will be made to paint, listen to stories, play music and be creative. They would enjoy free play, in which the children can choose what they would like to do. This way, your child’s creativity gets nurtured.
  • Reading activities. Most crèches have picture books, rhyme books and storybooks in their collections. The teachers or supervisors help the children to read and understand what is given in the books. This helps your child to develop her reading skills.


Surprising Ways Daycare is Benefiting Your Kid


No matter how much you love your job or your daycare center, saying farewell to your little one every morning is never easy. But take heart, moms, because an array of studies show that high-quality childcare, where there are frequent, positive interactions between caregivers and children, which usually correlates with low teacher-to-student ratios and teachers with higher levels of education, pays off in a number of important ways, well into adulthood. Want proof? Check out these surprising perks of sending your kids to daycare, all backed by scientific research and guaranteed to make you breathe a little easier the next time someone tries to make you feel guilty for being a hard-working mother

·         Daycare makes kids better behaved.

·         Daycare may lower the risk of cancer.

·         Daycare makes kids smarter.

·         Daycare makes kids more likely to get college degrees.

·         Daycare makes kids more likely to postpone parenthood.

·         Daycare makes kids more likely to stay employed.

·         Daycare makes kids less likely to inherit their mom’s depression.

·         Daycare makes kids less likely to get sick in grade school.

·         Daycare prepares kids for school.

·         Daycare makes kids more efficient communicators.

·         Daycare moms are more likely to participate in their kids’ schools.


Benefits of Daycare for Young Children

·         Regular Schedule and Activities

·         Academic Advancement

·         Time With Peers

·         Interaction With Other Adults

·         Smoother Transition to Kindergarten

·         Social and Economic Benefits for Parents


Social Benefits for the Child Who Attends Daycare

  • Building Relationships. One of the most important benefits children can receive from attending daycare is learning how to make friends. …
  • Reducing Anxiety. Most toddlers develop separation anxiety around their first birthday, and this continues in varying degrees for several years. …
  • DaycareFosters Independence.


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