Sunday 21 January 2018

Little benefit in daycare - so why is the Government throwing money at it?

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone. Photo: Tom Burke
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone. Photo: Tom Burke
David Quinn

David Quinn

What I don't get is why it is that young children looked after during the day by granny should exhibit slightly fewer behavioural problems than children looked after by mammy.

This finding is contained in an important new study called 'Childcare, Early Education and Socio-Emotional Outcomes at Age Five'. That's a mouthful but, I assure you, the report is highly relevant, especially if you have small children or plan on starting a family - because the study offers some guidance as to what is the best childcare choice to make for your child: daycare; care by a childminder, like a relative; or care by a parent during the working day.

The bottom line? It makes very little measurable difference.

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