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 Quotes from books about daycare - 2005-2006, p9


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Motherhood - how should we care for our children? pages:  1  | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Raising Babies: Should under 3s go to nursery?

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Raising Babies: Should under 3s go to nursery?
by Steve Biddulph,
©2005,  p. 36-43
...there are two distinct patterns of nursery care (daycare) usage...
In private, childcare researchers have come to call these two groups 'slammers' and 'sliders'.
Slammers are parents who 'slam' their child into nursery care as early in life as possible, and for as many hours a day as they are permitted…
Sliders, by contrast, are parents who only place their children into nursery care gradually, and often much later...and usually for much shorter periods of time each week.
…The big question in choosing between slamming, sliding or staying at home, is what is best from a child's point of
Category =Quality
Raising Babies: Should under 3s go to nursery?
by Steve Biddulph,
©2005,  p. 42
(The findings of Catherine Hakim, a researcher at the London School of Economics) had huge implications for governments -- for instance, the massive funds poured into subsidizing nursery care (childcare) might be better spent on subsidizing those parents who wanted shorter working hours, or simply wish to stay at home and care for their children -- and could do so more cheaply and better than nurseries could manage,.
Hakim's work has strong statistical support, and has galvanized discussion, since it allows for more diversity of choice, and is patently more realistic.
Category = Economics, Politics
Raising Babies: Should under 3s go to nursery?
by Steve Biddulph,
©2005,  p. 45-46
(Cathleen Sherry, an Australian tenured lecturer in law) told one interviewer:
'(Childcare) is like having a mother on her own caring for quintuplets. One baby wakes and needs to be fed. Another is crying, needing comfort but has to wait; they all have to wait their turn for comfort, affection, cuddles -- all the things that babies need ... In maternity hospitals, it is no longer the done thing to have newborn babies lined up in a nursery with a couple of nurses looking after them. That is seen as terrible. Mothers are strongly persuaded to have their babies with them 24 hours a day. Yet six weeks later is okay to put ten of them in a nursery with just two carers (daycare workers). It doesn't make sense.'
Category = Quality
Raising Babies: Should under 3s go to nursery?
by Steve Biddulph,
©2005,  p. 51-52
In the early 1980s there was continuing disquiet about infant daycare, but little evidence of harm...
Yet it made sense to be cautious -- half a million years of childrearing was being tampered with, and we didn't know the long-term effects.
...Then in the late 1980s, a number or studies began to report early concerns. Children...who had spent long hours in nursery care from a young age, were found by researchers more often to have 'elevated levels of aggression and non-compliance' -- in plain language, they were hitting other children and adults, and not doing what they were told.
...The studies were repeated and made more rigorous, since the findings were not popular or appreciated by many in the field. When the results came in -- by now it was the early 1990s -- a trio of risk factors emerged...
These were:

1. Starting nursery care (daycare) very young
2. Attending for long hours each week (20 hours or more)
3. Being in this form of care over many years of their childhood.
In short, too early, too much, and for too long.

Category = Behavior, History


 Quotes from books about daycare - 2005-2006, p9


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