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19th Oct 2019

Study finds children who are in childcare are better behaved (yes, really)

Trine Jensen-Burke

children in childcare

Let go of that working mum guilt, mums. 

According to a new study from France, it turns out children who are in childcare are better behaved than kids who were raised by a nanny or a stay-at-home parent or family member.

Yup, it’s true.

Less surprising maybe, the study also revealed that children who attend creche before the age of three were more social than children who did not.

The study, created by Sorbonne University and published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, tracked the emotional well-being and development of nearly 1,500 children from when they were born until they turned 8 years old. During that time, parents were tasked with filling out surveys about their children’s behaviour and mental health as well as their childcare status in their first three years of life.

Interestingly, the positive impact of childcare wasn’t just evident during the early years in which the children attended daycare, as these kids were also more likely to see a long-term effect on their development, exhibiting fewer behavioural and social problems into early adolescence.

“Access to high-quality childcare in the first years of life may improve children’s emotional and cognitive development, prevent later emotional difficulties, and promote prosocial behaviours,” Dr. Maria Melchior, one of the study’s authors, said of the findings.

And while we are not for a moment suggesting you should not stay home with your babies for as long as you feel is right, mama, this study will no doubt help working parents feel better about having their children in daytime care.