New research has today confirmed what most working mums already knew – that kids in childcare are just fine.
The research, reported in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, confirms that childcare use in the first year of life has no discernible bad effects.
The research is Australian based and tracked children through to eight or nine. It found that among two and three year olds in childcare centres, there were no differences in behaviour or adjustment between those who started as babies and those we started later. The researchers looked at the evaluations of teachers as well as parents, so isn’t based on parents justifying their own choices.
Making decisions about when to go back to work and what’s best for your own kids is hard, and finding the right centre and feeling comfortable about your choices is even harder.
There’s no way of getting rid of that nagging feeling that your own choices may not be the right one forever, but you can now know there is conclusive evidence that if you decide to return to work a little earlier than you planned – your kids will be ok.
Feel better? We hope so.
More information on the study is available here
More on what we’ve had to say about the importance of quality childcare is here.