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The government has asked for psychological advice on its childcare policy it can, A: pay mothers to stay at home with their children by increasing benefits- or B: Provide state funded day care I consider option B to be somewhat better then option A, however there must certain endeavours which must be met for state funded day care to excel. Day care has many good points to which it is good for children, one of them being that children cope better in social situations and negotiate better with peers-a study carried out by Clarke-Stewart et al.(1994). This suggests that early day care may be better for social development. It is also known that day care can have fastidious effects on cognitive development, which is proven by a study carried out in Sweden by Broberg et al. ...read more.


Children can do much more things at the day care then at home-they will always be entertained. There are daily activities (such as painting, playhouses, sand pits, story time, friends to have fun with, and staff specially trained to look after children. Often mothers and infants at home are quite isolated: some mothers plonk the baby in front of the television for hours at a time- so day care in fact may provide a stimulating environment. It is regularly know when children are first put into a new environment with much more people than the child is used to, then your child might be, at first, vulnerable to certain illnesses, but this in a way is good because it builds up your child's immunity, which in later life is good. ...read more.


The lower rate of attachment probably reflects the lower quality and closeness of the caregiver relationship, which is probably due to the fact that day-care assistants are less committed to the child, less attached, and engages in less intense interactions. As Bowlbys maternal deprivation states, separation is likely to result in deprivation when no substitute emotional care is offered. This mean that day-care provision that is lacking emotional support may well be detrimental. Of course it is not fair to say that all day care providers offer unstimulating and disinterested care, but a large number do. A study conducted in the US by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development found that 90% of day-care providers are providing less than 'excellent' day care. So you're probably thinking to your self, should I let my child receive day-care? Well it all depends upon the quality of care given not the quantity of care. ...read more.

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