Should Our Daycare Have a Set Curriculum?

You probably have a lot of questions about your childs daycare especially if you are sending your first child to daycare and have not experienced it before. One common question is if the daycare should have a set curriculum. There is no right or wrong answer to this and some daycares do have a set curriculum while others dont. Keep in mind that daycare and preschool are two different things. If you want your child to go to a place where he will be learning predominantly then preschool is the best choice. But, if you simply need childcare then that is what daycare is for.

Many daycares do offer a basic curriculum, but they focus on caring for children more than teaching them. Of course, teaching is part of the day but it is not the main focus. Kids eat breakfast, snacks, and lunch and learn to cleanup after themselves. They also enjoy story time, educational television, and playing outside. During instruction time children make crafts, practice the alphabet and numbers, and things of that nature. You will rarely see a reading program in a daycare although there will probably be plenty of books to read. The point is a daycare is simply that. A place you send your child to be cared for. A preschool on the other hand focuses on stimulating your child and teaching the basics your child will need for kindergarten.

Of course, a basic curriculum in daycares is what the daycare calls their schedule. You will want your daycare to have a well thought out and planned schedule so you know what your child will be doing all day. This also shows your kid wont be plopped in front of a television set all day. Most daycares will have flexibility in the schedule to add something new and exciting or to make time for something else.

If you are looking for a very strict curriculum in a daycare you can probably find it. There are many different types of daycares out there and some have very rigid schedules while others do not. This also depends on the size of the daycare and the amount of teachers.

No matter what you are looking for in a daycare you can more than likely find it. That is because there are so many different daycares out there and each of them has a different focus and goal. You should make up your mind what type of daycare you are looking for and then find one that matches.


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