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Day care
What is day care and what are the
different types?
Day care care for children under school age, generally by a nursery or childminder
Nursery based care parents entitled to free nursery care for children aged 3 and
above, staffed by trained workers, may be attached to a primary school, often benefit
from using school facilities, inspected by Ofsted, required to plan activities
Family-based care:
Registered childminders care in childminders house, often has young children of their
own, registered and inspected by Ofsted
Nanny/au pair employee who looks after the child in their own home, unlikely to be
with children from other families
Informal arrangements often unpaid e.g. care from other family members, little
research into it
Differences in types of day care in how much attention children receive and how many
other children they can interact with

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Effects of day care on social
More contact with other children if child goes to nursery/childminders increased
opportunity to develop social skills e.g.…read more

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Children who spent long days in day care were less socially competent
Children who attended more days a week but shorter days were socially competent
Children attending high quality day care had better social abilities
Children who were socially skilled at 3 ½ tended to be socially skilled later in life
Methodological issues prospective, longitudinal study allows us to see long term
effects, assessment before starting day care provides baseline for results, range of
methods and people for collecting data provides rich and detailed…read more


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