Negative effects of child daycare

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Negative effects of child daycare
Day care may have negative effects on your child. (happy baby image by Galina Barskaya from

Many families decide to put their child in a day care setting for a variety of reasons, from parental work schedules to a desire to let the child interact with other children of the same age. While there are a range of benefits to having a child in day care, there are also several negative effects from having your child in a day care setting.

Stressful Environment

For some infants and young children, spending a full day in day care leads to increased feelings of stress and a higher level of cortisol, a stress-related hormone, notes the CBS news website. In addition, children with higher levels of stress may become more aggressive, have more behaviour problems and become disobedient. In addition, even a quality day care provider does not reduce the number of behaviour problems that are seen in children in a childcare setting, according to Psychology Today.

Social Relationships

Children placed in day care for extended periods of time or lengthy days often have trouble with a range of social situations. Lengthy stays in day care may result in more instances of conflictual relationships with parents and teachers, according to Psychology Today. In relationships with peers, children in day care for long periods of time often have more difficulty than children who have not been in a childcare setting or have been in day care for less time.

Work Habits

Children placed in day care at an older age, such as kindergarten, often have trouble building positive work habits later in their school career notes Psychology Today. Throughout elementary school, children placed in day care often had difficulty completing their school assignments on time, struggled to make an effective use of their time wisely at school and were often unable to work on assignments and projects independently, Psychology Today reported.

Family Impact

In addition to long-term negative effects on the child in day care, having a child in day care may also impact a family's daily living routine. Children in a day care setting are typically exposed to more germs and may get sick more often or bring the infection home, resulting in a sick family. In addition, most day care businesses do not care for children who are ill, forcing parents to find alternative care when the child is sick. Most day care centres are closed on holidays and have regulated drop-off and pickup times, creating a challenge for parents who must work early, late or on holidays.

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