Children cared for by family 'have a better vocabulary by age 3' 7 years ago

Children cared for by family 'have a better vocabulary by age 3'

Not all parents are lucky enough to have a ready and willing relative to take on childcare full time, but according to the latest research, children who are looked after by a family member have better language skills by the age of three. 

Kids who are looked after in a creche setting benefit in different ways however, and tend to have better motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination than children who are cared for by relatives.

According to the latest study, commissioned by Túsla - the Child and Family Agency, and the Irish Research Council, being cared for by a relative was the only type of childcare arrangement to have a positive influence on cognitive development.

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The research, based on data from the national longitudinal study Growing Up in Ireland, also revealed that other elements, including family income, parental education level and stress levels had a bigger impact on a child's development than their childcare arrangements.