Posted By Jennie Chancey on February 9, 2012
A new report on daycare and child wellbeing in New Zealand has had a predictably stand-offish reception from the media and professional groups so far, although parents posting their opinions online are dividedabout its claims.
The report, Who Cares, published by lobby group Family First and written by British psychologist and author Aric Sigman, draws on research indicating that attending daycare for an extended period of time — and consequent separation from parents — is a significant source of stress for many young children. Studies have shown elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol throughout the day among young children in daycare centres compared with levels among children at home.
No surprises there. This topic has been covered in detail by Brian Robertson. It should be common sense, but the push to get mothers into the workforce continues unabated. Read the full piece at THIS LINK.
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