What does religious doctrine say about
Christianity and Daycare
(aka Christian Daycare or Bible Daycare)
Cecil E. Maranville, in an article for
World News & Prophecy (Biblical
Perspectives on Current Events) published by The United Church of God,
wrote the following to help readers increase their awareness and
understanding of the debate over the use of daycare from a Biblical
Ephesians 6:3 reveals that the hope for preparing
children for life-"that it may be well with you and [that] you may live
long on the earth"-is that they obey and honor their father and mother
"Obey" means to listen attentively, to conform to authority. "Honor" means
to prize, revere or place a high value on the parent. Can that be
accomplished if most of the child's waking hours are spent with someone
other than his or her parents? Implicit in God's instructions is that
parents, especially mothers, should have a close relationship with their
children. That can only grow out of spending time with them.
Does any scripture express this more beautifully than Deuteronomy 6:7? It
shows the way to teach children-by communicating with them, as teaching
situations present themselves. Those situations cannot be planned for, but
rather present themselves spontaneously throughout the day.
The culture of true Christianity includes mothers who are devoted to the
care of their children (Titus 2:4). The wisdom of the Proverbs warns that
leaving a child without a mother's direction will bring her shame
-- "The Day Care Debate: More Than Aggressive
Babies" by Cecil E. Maranville, World News & Prophecy, Biblical
Perspectives on Current Events, The United Church of God, June 2001
The late Ezra Taft Benson,
President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints*
(from 1985 until his death in 1994) wrote the following about daycare:
"It is a fundamental truth
that the responsibilities of motherhood cannot be successfully delegated.
No, not to day-care centers,...not to nurseries, not to babysitters.
...It is mother's influence during the crucial formative years that forms a
child's basic character. Home is the place where a child learns faith,
feels love, and thereby learns from mother's loving example to choose
righteousness. How vital are mother's influence and teaching in the
home -- and how apparent when neglected!"
-- (Ensign, Nov. 1981, p.
Picture of the LDS
Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah