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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:
Date: September 19 2005