After school care is critical to a child’s physical, emotional and mental welfare and these are the major reasons:
Children left unsupervised within the home are prone to accidents. It may be as simple as a cut or it could be a severe burn or broken leg, both of which require medical attention. Children often will undertake tasks or play in ways that they would not if a parental figure were in the house. Things such as sliding down stair banisters, doing forward rolls down the staircase, and sliding down the staircase on a tray can all result in a fall that involves serious injury requiring medical care.
Children are typically hungry after school and while there may be plenty of cold snacks for a child to eat they can be tempted to try to heat something either in the oven or on the stove top. Without supervision such a task can result in a serious burn requiring immediate medical attention. Broken glass, using knives incorrectly and many other kitchen accidents can occur while a child is unsupervised.
Young children like to share their successes and challenges with their parents to receive feedback, whether it is in the form of praise or advice. When a child comes home to an empty house he or she may feel great disappointment in the inability to share what is immediately on their mind with their parent. Though the opportunity may arise later in the evening the level of pride in their achievement will have reduced somewhat. Children need to be able to talk problems through with a parent and receive sound advice that they can use to help them overcome challenges. Though not being able to rely upon a parent to teach them how to cope with challenges may make a child more self-reliant it can also make them lose self-esteem which can lead to bigger issues later on in their life.
Mental StimulationChildren take in and process far more information during their formative years than at any other time in their lives. Having homework to complete at the end of the school day is a way to further their education beyond the hours available at school. Often a child will require supervision and assistance when completing homework. When that parental assistance is not available directly after school a child will elect to leave homework until after dinner when a parent is available to help, and may find that they run out of time to complete their entire assignment. This in turn will leave a child feeling stressed about incomplete homework and the anticipated negative reaction of their teachers. This is very unlike the teachers and staff that we have.
Even if a child remains awake to complete all homework assigned to him or her it may result in the child getting insufficient sleep, which in turn will make the child less alert in class. This can start a vicious cycle that one begun is difficult to stop. Once a child is seen to be struggling with both homework assignments and classroom work other children in the class may begin to tease the child, which can be extremely detrimental to the child’s self esteem. If this behavior is allowed to continue it can lead to the child eventually adopting an attitude of hopelessness and feeling that there is no point in trying as they can never catch up with their fellow classmates. This can have devastating long term effects if not addressed at the earliest possible moment. However After School Care Programs is helping parents and children with that.