As the parent of a tiny tike, all you want is to do the very best for them and their development. By enrolling them in daycare, you’re already off to a fantastic start. While the time that your little one spends at daycare is definitely going to provide them with the socialization and foundation for their education, our facility isn’t the only place that this will happen. 

In many of our blog posts, the team at Austin Kids Retreat goes over a few of the ways that you can help your children develop right at home. From experiments and reading to educational play and crafts, we do our best to provide you with countless ways to help your child grow and have fun at home. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about one of the most common ways that parents help their child develop: playdates. 

Playdates are something that most parents will make time for, but very rarely do people know just how beneficial these get-togethers are for children. So, in today’s blog post, we are going to go over a few of the ways that playdates contribute to your child’s development, let’s dive in!

Socializing Skills

There’s no doubt about it, one of the biggest benefits of scheduling playdates is the opportunity for your child to socialize with other children. Yes, this is something that they’ll have the opportunity to do with siblings, in preschool, and the like, but it’s something very different to have one-on-one or small group play. Aside from that, interacting with peers rather than siblings, cousins, or adults provides a completely different level of socialization, which is a must!

Get a Glimpse at Interaction

When your child is spending most of their socialization time at preschool, you aren’t necessarily able to see how your child is socializing and interacting with their peers. Whether you’re wanting to work on manners, sharing, or the like, it’s always good to start by getting a glimpse at how your child is interacting with other children. Playdates are a fantastic way to do just that while also working on implementing some of those lessons that we mentioned earlier. 

Active Learning

For children who are in daycare or preschool, a lot of learning happens through play. This is something that we most certainly implement in our day to day activities, but it never hurts to do the same thing at home. Whether you come up with a game that has them practice social skills, set up an experiment for them to complete, or you do a role-playing game to teach them about visiting the bank or the grocery store, you’re going to be providing them with an opportunity to actively learn these lessons.

Enroll Your Kiddo at Austin Kids Retreat

If you’re looking to build a strong foundation for your child’s education, playdates and preschool are certainly something that you want to be doing. While we can’t help you schedule the playdates, we can provide you with various activities and lessons that you can do right at home! Aside from that, we can provide your little one with the opportunity to make great friends! 

Contact our office today to enroll at Austin Kids Retreat and make sure to keep up with our blog post for fun activities, lessons for home, and our newsletters!