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"CONCERNS ABOUT CHILD CARE" by Bill Muehlenberg, link-zone.net, Feb-05

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In addition, a number of studies from here and overseas have shown that there is a much higher risk of physical health problems associated with day care. Colds, diarrhoea, coughs, hepatitis A, respiratory complaints, mumps, measles, influenza, cytomegalovirus, meningitis are some of the medical problems which abound in day care centres. One Australian study for example found that "children prone to respiratory illness were more likely to be users of child care centres or creches than the children who were not prone". Another study of 23 long-day-care centres in Canberra found that on average children there suffered six more respiratory infections a year compared with children not in care. Moreover, some of these infections can be passed on to the parents. A recent study of 450 children at 20 Darwin daycare centres found that workers there have poor standards of basic hygiene. The children at the centres pick up on average 15 infections a year.
Category = Disease
"CONCERNS ABOUT CHILD CARE" by Bill Muehlenberg, link-zone.net, Feb-05 For example, a Norwegian study found that toddlers who attend day care or nursery school are twice as likely to develop asthma.
Category = Disease
"CONCERNS ABOUT CHILD CARE" by Bill Muehlenberg, link-zone.net, Feb-05 One explanation that physicians offer for the higher rates of disease amongst children in day care is the issue of breastfeeding. Mothers who put quite young children into day care for long periods are obviously unable to breastfeed their children.
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"CONCERNS ABOUT CHILD CARE" by Bill Muehlenberg, link-zone.net, Feb-05 "Why not put more tax dollars into day care, to improve quality and service, in order to replicate that home environment?" There are several problems with this. First, the better a daycare centre is, the more it costs. Thus low income families tend to lose out. And as Patricia Morgan explains, "Affordable care is low-quality care. Universally available high-quality care is achievable nowhere on earth".
Category = Economics, Quality
"CONCERNS ABOUT CHILD CARE" by Bill Muehlenberg, link-zone.net, Feb-05 Second, daycare work is a thankless and underpaid job. To enable daycarers to better perform their tasks, they need all the comforts other workers get; rostered time off, lunch and tea breaks, shift work, vacation time. But this is the Catch 22 situation: the better we make working conditions for the carers, the more we disadvantage the infant! That is, the more flexi-time we give the carer, the less continuous, long-term attention the baby gets from one carer.
Category = Economics, Quality
"CONCERNS ABOUT CHILD CARE" by Bill Muehlenberg, link-zone.net, Feb-05 A 1996 survey of Macquarie University early child care students with experience in day care found that not one student said they would put their baby in a child care centre.
Category = Quality
"CONCERNS ABOUT CHILD CARE" by Bill Muehlenberg, link-zone.net, Feb-05

 

This raises the question of equity. Why should mothers who choose to stay at home with their young children receive no or little financial support, while mothers who put their children into formal daycare and return to the paid work force get various benefits, subsidies and financial assistance for doing so? Why are stay-at-home mums in effect penalised (e.g., via the taxation system), while non-stay-at-home mums are rewarded? Why should dual income families receive government subsidies for day care when single income families receive no or very little by way of subsidies? Why this discrimination? Governments should not be in the business of showing partiality to one kind of mother over another. It should treat all mums fairly. This is not a call for special favours or rights for stay at home mums, simply equity and fairness.
Category = Politics

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