Hot topic/ Infant daycare

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Infant childcare can have a positive affect on a child’s life, particularly if the child comes from a lower socioeconomic background. When examining the effects of infant childcare one must also understand that the family situation and background will have a much larger effect on the child, as the family culture will determine what type of childcare is used, and the level of quality in the child care. For example, higher levels of family income and education, as well as sensitive parenting and child centered attitudes, are generally correlated with better quality child care… The available evidence leads to the conclusion that child care parameters, especially quality, are likely to be particularly important for children whose family environments are less than optimal (Hungerford and Cox 2006). Increased family income can also have a positive effect on a child, and infant daycare often allows for a family to have two income sources rather than one. When a household has increased income it creates an opportunity for the family to obtain higher quality level of childcare, resulting in increased benefits and effects of infant childcare. Socioemotional adjustment is positively affected by infant childcare, which includes externalizing problems and reducing conflicts with others. Cognitive and behavioral aspects of personality are positively affected by infant childcare and are especially evident once children begin school. The positive effects of infant childcare can be seen when a child begins elementary school. “Once they get to kindergarten, they are less likely to bite, push or hit other children compared with infants from high-risk families who stayed home from birth” (Chatham 2006). A shift in attitudes has occurring resulting in an increase in quality time spent with parent and child, much more time is spent as family time than was spent previously. As the
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