There is absolutely no doubt that parents are often times somewhat anxious when deciding to send the kids to daycare. This stems from the possible “dangers” that a child may be exposed to, the various “sicknesses” that often accompany these environments as well as the prospective behavioral changes that may also accompany such a change within a child’s life. Of course all parents should conduct a comprehensive “due diligence” in selecting a suitable daycare establishment for their child.
When it comes to the behavioral changes that parents are concerned about a recent study, specific to aggression in toddlers, published by the Association Of Psychological Science has shown that “the amount of time children spend in daycare had little impact on aggressive behavior.” Although it should be mentioned that the study was conducted in Norway, and which specifics may be relevant to that population demographic, that is not specific to other areas of the world. Excerpts of the published report are detailed below for your further reading and information.
Daycare doesn’t lead to aggressive behavior in toddlers
Association for Psychological Science – E. Dearing, H. D. Zachrisson, A. Naerde
Working parents often worry about sending their toddlers to daycare. But the results of a new study that tracked almost 1,000 Norwegian children enrolled in daycare indicate that working parents can breathe a sigh of relief: The amount of time children spent in daycare had little impact on aggressive behavior.
“From a public perspective, our findings are important because they should help ease parents’ fears about the potential harms of early non-parental child care,” says Eric Dearing, lead author on the study and a psychological scientist at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College.
Although this is merely one aspect of the great daycare decision making process, it is crucial that any daycare establishment be fully vetted to ensure your child’s safety and well-being.