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Mothers' transition back to work and infants' transition to child care : does work-based child care make a difference?

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posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by Helen Skouteris, S McNaught, C Dissanayake
The overall aim in this study was twofold: to compare the use of work-based (WB) and non-work-based (NWB) child care on the transition back to the workplace for women after a period of maternity leave, and on the transition into child care for the infants of these women. Thirty-five mothers with infants in WB centres and 44 mothers with infants in NWB centres completed a battery of questionnaires, retrospectively, in relation to their first four weeks of resuming work and their infant’s transition into child care. We first explored whether the mothers of infants in WB centres were less stressed and anxious
about separating from their infant, were more satisfied with their child care, and whether they felt more productive and supported at work than mothers of infants in NWB child
care centres. Our findings revealed no differences between mothers using WB centres and NWB centres in their transition to work. In exploring whether infants placed in WB centres settled faster and more easily than infants placed in NWB centres, the findings, once again, revealed no differences in the infant’s affective states at child care and maintenance of their routines, such that all infants were equally settled and happy irrespective of the type of care used. The theoretical and practical implications of our findings are discussed.

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Journal

Child Care in Practice

Volume

13

Issue

1

Pagination

33 - 47

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Abingdon, England

ISSN

1357-5279

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2007, Taylor & Francis

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