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Childcare in Ireland: a parent's guide
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|Title: ||Childcare in Ireland: a parent's guide|
|Publisher: ||Gill and Macmillan|
|Issue Date: ||1991 |
|Description: ||It is parents who have the primary responsibility
for rearing their children and for making choices about
alternatives in childcare. It is in all our interests that the
choices they make will be well informed and will contribute
to the happiness and wholeness of the family.
Childcare is primarily about good quality experiences for
young children and about what is best for their full
development. There is convincing evidence that the experience
of the first five or so years of life will markedly
affect the developmental possibilities for the rest of life.
The child's intellectual and social development will be
formed according to the quality of the environmental stimulation
and of the care experienced during these formative
years. Many countries have come to see this aspect of
childcare as a central issue and they consider that governments
have some responsibility in this area. The bearing
and rearing of children is not a mere consumer choice. It
has the most significant of social values for all cultures at
all times. In addition, to put the situation in a competitive
perspective, if we do not plan high quality early experiences
for our infants and preschoolers, they will be at a
disadvantage in later years relative to their counterparts in
other countries where such provisions do exist.
The aim of the present series is to set out information,
knowledge and professional insights about childcare for
the benefit of parents, nursery personnel, employers and
others concerned with the provision of high quality care for
the children of Ireland.
|Keywords: ||CHILD CARE|
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