Study claims children in nurseries ‘more likely’ to be hyperactive

A recent study by Oxford University’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that children who attended group care like nursery were more likely to develop emotional and behavioural problems. The leader of the study also noted that his colleague Kathy Silva’s work showed that day nurseries provided a number of benefits for children.

Chief executive of the Pre-School Learning Alliance responded by saying that the Oxford study was flawed and that other research had shown that it was the quality of care, rather than the environment that was an important factor in child’s development. Clearly contradictory advice like this only serves to increase confusion and worry for parents trying to make decisions about what’s best for their child.

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