Source: Christian Wire Service (USA)
Author: Press Release
Article Title: Mothers Provide Best Care says New Study
Date Oct. 10, 2005
The quote from the above article sums it up better than I can:
A new study by leading British childcare expert, Penelope Leach concludes that the social and emotional development of children cared for by someone other than their mother "is definitely less good." This study is one of the longest and most detailed studies of childcare in the UK and it has concluded that young children who are looked after by their mothers do significantly better on development tests. The study found that babies and toddlers fared worst when they were given group nursery care. Those cared for by friends or grandparents or other relatives did a little better while those looked after by nannies or childminders were rated second only to those cared for by mothers.
This story talks about the media's release of this study as causing working mothers to feel guilty.
Source: Children Now, Back Page: Hound (UK)
Article Title: Between the Lines in Last Week's Media
Author: Not stated
Date: October 12, 2005
Here is an opinion essay.
Source: The Guardian (UK)
Article Title: A stick to beat women: Frightening mothers about nursery care is utterly pointless in a work-to-survive society
Author: Zoe Williams
Date: October 4, 2005
Her point is that women have no choice but to work so studies on the effects of being raised by non-mothers are pointless and should not be done; to release study results which show children are different if raised by non-mothers is pointless in a society in which women must work to survive.
She also asks why studies are not done that look into different types of non-mother childcare-givers. Well, there are studies about it. They are summarized and organized into a book called "Day Care Deception: What the Child Care Establishment Isn’'t Telling Us" by Brian C. Robertson.
I am going to email her to let her know about Robertson's book.
Source: Sunday Tasmanian (Australia)
Article Title: Daycare kids suffering, study finds
Author: Robyn Riley and Kane Young
Date: October 9, 2005
WORKING mothers are harming the development of their children, a controversial new study has found.
The study, by British childcare guru Penelope Leach, warns that children under three in day care are more likely to be stressed, sad and socially and emotionally disadvantaged.
You get the picture.
People have a choice about who cares for their children, in a free society. I can only hope that parents are making informed choices. If parents make the second-best or third or fourth best choice and it is an informed choice then that is their prerogative and it is not my place to judge them. If they don't know the information about which type of child care is the best vs. worst, I feel they have a responsibility to educate themselves. It isn't hard and it doesn't take much time to do it. Those who intentionally keep their heads in the sand because they don't want to know the information should question their motives. We each should do the best that we can when raising our children, whether that means giving up our careers to be mothers at home or whether that means choosing one type of child caregiver over a different type of child care giver.