|Childcare 'Stress for toddlers'|
|Detail:|| Young children experience heightened stress levels when they enter child care, suggests research. |
Researchers tracked the reaction of 70 toddlers in Berlin to their separation from their parents and homes.They found stress levels were still raised months after beginning child care - even though outward signs of distress had stopped.
The research suggests there are ways that the impact might be softened - including reducing the length of time in which children are with carers each day, more individualised attention from childminders, and childcare settings which are smaller and more home-like.
The research was conducted by Professor Michael Lamb from Cambridge University's faculty of social and political sciences: