Growing up in Ireland – New Findings from National Study of 11,000 children
Pictured at the Launch of Non-Parental Childcare and Child Cognitive Outcomes at Age Five were:
Ava Gao (Age 7), Minister’s Address and Official Launch of Report: Dr James Reilly T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Holly Coyle (Age 3), Callum Coyle (Age 6), and Millie Palmer (Age 2).
Professor Alan Barrett (Director), Professor James Williams, Dr Helen Russell and Dr Aisling Murray (ESRI)
The publication of a new report on the influence of non-parental childcare on the cognitive development of five-year-olds, based on almost 11,000 children and their parents has been released. The findings were launched by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, T.D. on Thursday 3rd December.
Non-Parental Childcare and Child Cognitive Outcomes at Age Five investigates the effects of childcare in early life on children’s cognitive development (i.e. vocabulary and reasoning skills) at age five using a large representative sample of children (circa 9,000) from the Growing Up in Ireland study.
At age three, prior to the Free Preschool Year, the main types of non-parental care are relative care (e.g. a grandparent), non-relative care (e.g. a childminder) and centre-based care (e.g. crèche).
The report draws on information collected in the first three waves of the Growing Up in Ireland study.
The new findings are launched as part of Growing Up in Ireland’s Annual Research Conference 2015. In addition to the new findings, a total of 22 research papers based on data from the study were presented by researchers from a wide range of third level and research institutions.
The research will focus on a range of topics including health, socio-emotional well-being, education and childcare.
Log onto www.growingup.ie for more details.