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Perspective of parents and caregivers on the influence of full-time day-care attendance on young children

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The aim of this study was to explore the experience of parents and caregivers regarding young children in day care. The tiredness of children after day-care attendance was explored. In the autumn of 2009, 41 parents and 35 caregivers of children aged 1.5 years or younger living in the city of Trondheim and nearby communities were assessed using a semi-structured qualitative interview. There was agreement among parents and caregivers that children became very tired after full-time care. In spite of the good quality of the care, with a relatively low child/adult ratio and very experienced caregivers with high educational qualifications, most children became very tired at the end of the stay. Tiredness in children also seemed to accumulate during the week and reached its peak on Fridays. The children adjusted well to care; however, they got very tired when the stay lasted a full day. Children who were picked up somewhat earlier did not exhibit the same level of tiredness.

Keywords: day care; duration of care; infants; tiredness; toddlers

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: RBUP, MTFS, Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine,Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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