Daycare – both the word and the concept – has been a part of our daily life and vocabulary for decades. But did you know that many child care providers are moving away from the word “daycare” towards the more accurate term “child care”? If this is the first time you’ve heard about this, you’re probably wondering what the differences are, and why this change in vernacular matters.
We Care For Your Child – Not the Day
Many people who object to the term “daycare” say that it creates an image of a facility that is keeping your child safe, but not much else – whereas “child care” implies an environment where children learn, play, and grow, all while being kept safe and healthy.
Here at Kid’s Corner, we don’t just want to look after your child for the day – we want to encourage your child to develop important life and learning skills, make friendships, and have fun.
What’s the Difference Between Daycare and Child Care?
The term “child care” is more inclusive and better reflects what actually occurs at a well-run, child-focused child care facility like Kid’s Corner. The aim of child care isn’t just to watch your child for the day – it’s to provide opportunities for your child to learn, have fun, make friendships, and develop essential life skills that will set them up for success in life. In addition, child care isn’t limited to the daytime as the term “daycare” suggests.
Why Is This Important?
It may seem like an unimportant and insubstantial issue – but early childhood educators say that “child care” is a much more accurate term that reflects what actually happens while your child is in our care. You don’t just want your kids to be taken care of during the day – you want them to get the full child care experience, which includes much more than just supervision during the workday. Kid’s Corner cares about your child and about ensuring they reach their full potential and enjoy every single day under our care.