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Implications of research into ATTACHMENT and DAY CARE for child care practices
YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW ALL THIS RESEARCH HAS EFFECTED REAL LIFE ATTACHMENT AND DAY CARE PRACTICES...
IMPLICATIONS OF RESEARCH INTO ATTACHMENT IMPLICATIONS OF RESEARCH INTO DAY CARE
Research has led to far reaching implications for day care...
Research by the Robertsons found that the negative
effects of day care can be avoided if substitute Low child to staff ratios: the NICHD study found that its day care staff
emotional care is provided as well as links with existing could provide sensitive care to small children with child/ staff ratio of
attachment figures. This research has led to major 3:1. This recommendation has been adopted by day care providers.
changes in the visiting arrangements for parents with
children in hospital and in foster care; visiting is now Minimal staff turnover: Schaffer argued that consistency of care is the
more facilitated and encouraged. most important factor in day care as failing to form a bond or breaking
that bond can be detrimental. The implications of this is that day care
Adoption processes have been changed due to research providers will now identify a key worker to children and aim to limit
into attachment. In the past mothers who were giving staff movement.
their baby up for adoption were encouraged to nurse
their baby for a significant amount of time and the Quality of care: Sylva found that the higher qualifications of staff in
sensitive period for attachment formation may have day care is directly associated with improvements in the social
passed. Bowlbys research which identified `sensitive development of children. As a result day care nurseries are aiming to
periods' (before 6 months) for attachment has led to put their staff through these qualifications and this is having positive
changes; today most babies are adopted within the first implications for day care.
week of birth and research shows that adoptive
mothers and children are just as securely attached as non