Home > Babies and Toddlers > Childcare > Childcare Issues > When to Start Day Care
|

Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

When to Start Day Care

Elementary School Expert Advice from Barbara Potts

Q: Is there any one age that is better for introducing a child to a day care? I have a four-month-old son who is normally happy and content, and making great strides for his age. I am concerned that when I return to work he may not make a good adjustment.

A: The people who are considered experts in this area would tell you that the later you are able to stay with your son before putting him into daycare, the better. Realistically, most parents wait as long as they can before going back to work, but many do have to return to jobs while babies are still young.

When your son begins going to daycare, make sure that you still have time to play with him before his bedtime and on weekends. You may also want to consider taking him to the daycare for partial days before you actually have to start work full-time so that he can get used to the setting gradually.

More on: Expert Advice

Barbara Potts has worked as an elementary school counselor for many years. She has a BA in psychology from Wake Forest University, and an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Healthy Smile Checklist for Kids
Have better dental check-ups with this free printable checklist that helps keep your child flossing, brushing, and smiling! Brought to you by Philips Sonicare.

Kindergarten Readiness App
It's kindergarten registration time! Use this interactive kindergarten readiness checklist, complete with fun games and activities, to practice the essential skills your child needs for this next big step. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

8 Easter Egg Decorating Ideas
Need some fun ideas for decorating Easter eggs with the kids? Look no further for colorful and cool designs!

7 Ways to Curb Kids' Exposure to Violence
American children are exposed to violence more often than you might think. Learn how to limit your child's exposure to violence and manage the mental health and behavioral effects it can cause.