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ERIC Number: EJ903664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
Positive Highlights on Quality Daycare for Children: A North West of Ireland Study
O'Hara, Maureen
Child Care in Practice, v16 n4 p359-375 Oct 2010
This study (2006-2007) sought to explore and examine whether the provision of full daycare improves the quality of life for children and their parents. There are now 60.8% of women employed in the workforce, according to the Central Statistics Office (2008). This means many changes for children, parents and families. Twenty-seven childcare managers in the North West of Ireland were interviewed. Also, 325 questionnaires were completed by working parents. Babies as young as four months are being cared for in childcare facilities from 6:45 am until 6:00 pm daily, five days per week. Some children are spending up to 11 hours per day in childcare facilities. The study concluded that full daycare can have both positive and negative effects for children. Childcare facilities are providing good-quality childcare encompassing various services. Parents are finding it difficult to manage the work-life balance. Health dominated quality-of-life issues. Two hundred and thirty-five (73%) parents reported being stressed. The study also found that 315 (97%) working parents feel that the government is not doing enough to support working parents. On a positive note, 241 (74%) parents said they are happy in general with the quality of life for them, their family and their children. (Contains 1 note, 1 table, and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland