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Title: What children's cortisol levels tell us about quality in childcare centres
Contributor(s): Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid ; Guilfoyle, Andrew (author); Parry, Trevor (author)
Publication Date: 2005
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Abstract: The Australia childcare profession has watched with some concern results of research coming out of North America indicating that child care is not good for children. This research identifies undesirable outcomes in children's development and behaviour as a result of childcare attendance. How does this research apply to Australian children in Australian childcare centres? Australian research is limited, and this paper reports on results to date of an Australian study of children's biological stress levels (measured using salivary cortisol) and their relationship with quality child care. Results demonstrate clearly that children attending high-quality child care have lower stress levels across the day than do children attending satisfactory or unsatisfactory programs. Poor-quality child care is not good for children.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 30(2), p. 29-39
Publisher: Early Childhood Australia Inc
Place of Publication: Watson, Australia
ISSN: 0312-5033
Field of Research (FOR): 150313 Quality Management
150499 Commercial Services not elsewhere classified
110306 Endocrinology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920104 Diabetes
940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare
930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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