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Andrew Leigh says don’t feel guilty about daycare

By johnboy 29 November 2011 5

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh has posted about his research (when he was a researcher) on the impacts of childcare on children.

The basic findings of the paper are:

— the differences in behaviour between kids in parental and non-parental care are small;
— there isn’t ‘one effect’ of daycare – it differs across socioeconomic groups; and
— kids appear to do a smidgin better in daycare centres with smaller ratios.

Which should re-assure a lot of people.

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astrojax 5:05 pm 30 Nov 11

do his own children attend daycare?

Jim Jones 3:01 pm 30 Nov 11

I-filed said :


Need massively more information!

Why not read the paper?

astrojax 2:56 pm 30 Nov 11

and do his own children attend daycare or is mrs leigh a full time carer?

I-filed 5:20 pm 29 Nov 11

“the differences in behaviour between kids in parental and non-parental care are small;
– there isn’t ‘one effect’ of daycare – it differs across socioeconomic groups; and
– kids appear to do a smidgin better in daycare centres with smaller ratios.”

Behaviour outcomes at the time – sure. How about life outcomes? (and it appears there ARE differences)

Effects differ across socio-economic groups – sure. Kids with crap home lives do better in daycare. Not clear whether kids with fantastic home lives do worse in daycare.

Kids do better in daycare with smaller carer/child ratios – sure. Does that effect continue to one-on-one care with a parent? Do kids do better with one-on-one care at home, all other things being equal?

Need massively more information!

Mumbucks 4:00 pm 29 Nov 11

Gee an economist writing a paper about the social and Psychological effects on children in childcare. I wondered who published that one?

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