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An Introduction to the Benefits and Detriments of Day Care.

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An Introduction to the Benefits and Detriments of Day Care Cognitive and emotional development is crucial in the early years. So new parents are going to have to think hard about returning to work or whether child care is going to be key in bringing up their offspring. The jury is still out on whether child care is beneficial or detrimental, however this introduction to studies and opinions of some of the world's most respected developmental psychologists, including some general facts, will hopefully set some minds at rest and help parents-to-be, and new parents, discover the best options for their child. One of the main benefits of day care is, of course, cognitive development. To prove that day care does help push forward the cognitive development of children we can look at a study by Burchinal, Lee and Ramney in 1989 which tested the IQ of children just before they started they found that those in day care usually did better. Two supporting theories were set about by Anderson and Schuetz, Lewis and Dimartino. Anderson's suggestion was that all children, but especially boys benefit from day care in terms of school achievement. ...read more.


If you feel your child is experiencing either of the last two attachment types please seek to tell your family doctor. Eeland and Hiester on how day care effects different children Egeland and Hiester said that day care has positive effects on the social development of insecurely attached children, in that they will learn how to interact with others without their parents, however at the start of leaving the child at the nursery, the child will feel and experience sever distress, and this is often hard for the parents as well. I would suggest talking to the nursery teachers about what they will do to help the child, visiting the play group with the child first, and if at all possible gradually increasing the amount of time the child spends alone with their peers. However, Egeland and Hiester also said that day care is detrimental to the social development of a securely attached child, and even further, Belsky and Rovine suggested their is a risk of these children developing insecure attachments. Violence of full time nursery children? Park in 1993 showed that children who spend a long time in child care are instrumentally and verbally more aggressive towards those of the peer group. ...read more.


Short introduction to adults and children 3. A brief tour 4. An explanation of fees and policies 5. An invitation to stay awhile to see the daily routine and children playing A few questions you could ask: 1. Please describe a typical day 2. How do you discipline children 3. Do you have CPR and first aid training 4. What types of food do you serve for meals and snacks? 5. Are children ever transported in a vehicle? Do you use seat belts or car seats 6. How do you handle emergencies In conclusion Most women choose to work and send their children to nurseries, in fact 58% of women with a child under five work and this is increased to 78% of women with children aged 6-13. As I said before there are many differences in the child's behaviour that should be considered before deciding if this option is for you. But to conclude, the numerous studies I have talked about in this introduction to the benefits and detriments of child care are pretty contradictory showing the need to consider the particular child. And even further a study done by Kagan et al in 1980 compared 33 full time nursery children who had been there from 3 1/2 months with a home group and found no consistently large differences between them. ...read more.

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