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March 10, 2022 Thursday 12:53:04 PM IST

Is Frequent Childcare Outside of the Family Beneficial for a Child's Development

A full-time nanny or part-time sitter may not suit your particular needs or situation. You may not be able to afford in-home care. Or you may be unable to find anyone who meets your standards for in-home care. If, for any reason, in-home care won't work for you and your baby, you'll need to explore the world of child care outside the home- a daycare centre.

It is the setting in which most children first learn to interact with other children on a regular basis, establish bonds with adults other than their parents, receive or fail to receive important inputs for early learning and language development, and experience their initial encounter with a school-like environment.

But in a study conducted by the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development at the University of Zurich where they examined how external childcare influences the development of children into young adulthood, they found that the children who received frequent external childcare were likely to show aggression, display symptoms of ADHD, and experience anxiety and depression the more time they had spent in a daycare center before entering school. the reason they suggested was that external childcare may lessen the strength of child-parent attachment and interaction. But it is also possible that children in center-based care or playgroups learn problem behavior from their peers and sometimes use it to get attention from caregivers. They also said that these behaviours disappear generally by the end of primary school.