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'Children generally might benefit in terms of their cognitive development from nursery care, but at the same time might suffer emotional deprivation because they experience separation. 'A personal study into the effects of daycare.

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Hannah Eyre 'Children generally might benefit in terms of their cognitive development from nursery care, but at the same time might suffer emotional deprivation because they experience separation.' A personal study into the effects of daycare. The attachment theory suggests that children need strong relationships which their primary carers and that this bond or relationship begins in the first few months of a baby's life. For most babies and children, the primary carer is their mother or father. It is generally accepted that when children do not have a strong bond with a primary carer, they find it difficult to socialise and develop relationships with others. The child staying at home with their parent has a number of advantages. For example; the first emotional attachment is usually with the parent. Therefore, if the child is put into day care, this may cause distress as it involves being detached from that primary carer. ...read more.

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The child also needs a daily routine and have some emotional contact with one member of staff. Kagan et al. (1980) found that day care need not have harmful effects on a child's development. Another study in Sweden by Anderson (1992) and the conclusion was that day nurseries had few negative effects, and some children appeared to benefit from the care given. Although, day care in Sweden is of very high quality because of the high funding it receives. Therefore, this shows that high-quality day care has no negative effects. An alternative form of day care is childminding. People seem to prefer this because it happens to be more similar to what care the child might get at home. However, a study by Bryant et al. (1980) found that some childminders were excellent but others didn't provide a stimulating environment and the children in their care were failing to flourish. ...read more.

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It is in terms of individual differences whether children may benefit from day care, but most do as long as it is good-quality. If the mother lacks in sensitivity or they are insecurely attached at home the child may benefit from day care. On the other hand, if the quality of day care is low, children may not thrive. From all of the information I have gathered; I have come to a recommendation to any parents considering day care. I think that the child is always better off at home with their parent if they have a secure attachment. If this is not possible, I think they should make sure the nursery is of good-quality, and make sure the child will acquire lots of attention from one member of staff, so they can make an attachment with that person. The parent should go and visit the nursery with the child first. So the child can become familiar with the new surroundings. ...read more.

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