Childcare is not an easy obstacle for any parent to handle. These days both parents need to work to make ends meet. That means there is a good chance a child will be with someone other than his or her parents for a good portion of the week.
Some parents fear that leaving their baby at a childcare center may negatively impact their child’s development, but a new study says otherwise.
Researchers in Norway looked at the effects of childcare centers vs. at home daycare on language skills, language-related difficulties and psychological function in 13 000 children who had reached five years by the end of 2010.
“Overall, the report shows that neither the language skills nor the psychological function of most children varies with the type of childcare, their age when starting in childcare, whether they used a combination of childcare arrangements or just one type, or how many hours per week they were in childcare,” the results read.
Other Interesting tidbits from the study:
-The majority of children cared for outside the home before they are 18 months were in center-based childcare
-Choice of childcare is related to the length of mothers’ education.
-Children who are cared for more than 40 hours a week outside the home are rated with slightly more behavioral symptoms at five years of age.
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About this Study
Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) is completing its latest community inquiry, Children 1-2-3: Early Learning for Future Success. This community engagement process has been examining the question, "How can Jacksonville best foster early learning success for children from birth to age 3 in our community?" Over the course of the process (October 2011 through April 2012), the meeting schedule, meeting summaries, key handouts and relevant articles have all been posted here. To find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.