Latest International Research weighs in on childcare vs home care for 0-5 years

The recent findings of a five-year European study by the Economic and Social Research Institute, which tracked 11,000 children, found five-year olds who went to childcare in their first three years turned out to be happy, stable kids.

“After weighing up the combined feedback of parents and teachers, the authors of Childcare, Early Education and Socio-Emotional Outcomes at Age Five [1]concluded that there was “little difference” between children cared for by parents or professionals,” reported Jackie Sinnerton in The Courier-Mail.

“The experts found that the mental health of parents, the number of parents, children’s health and gender had more impact on a child’s development and that high-quality child care could even cancel out negative family factors,” she reported.

The research assessed children on sharing and kindness, conduct and emotional difficulties, hyper-­activity and peer problems.

Affinity Education Group’s Tim Hickey said the combination of intentional and play-based learning experiences could be found in high quality childcare centres.

“Childcare centres which create safe and stimulating environments and a focus on lifelong learning outcomes can be a valuable part of a young child’s experiences,” Hickey said.

“The loving and trusting relationships quality childcare providers and formal preschool educators form with young children in their formative years make a positive impact which carries through their entire lives.”

“Quality childcare guarantees children have experiences related to vital learnings identified in the national Early Years Learning Framework, such as sharing, nature-based play and early formal education” he said.

Founded in the Australian Early Years Learning Framework, the Lifelong Learning ‘Healthy Beginnings for 0-1 years, ‘Early Experiences for 1-3 years and ‘School Readiness’ for 3-5 years, offer international and play-based learning experiences designed to enhance and instil a love of learning that leads to growth, ability and resilience. Visit