Some of the best research in the field of child care comes from right here in Perth. Dr Margaret Sims, who is an Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University, has demonstrated that children in low-stress child care environments have less behaviour problems as they progress through their lives.
Professor Sims measured levels of the stress hormone called cortisone. She found, to no surprise, that cortisone levels drop when children attend drama-free, high-quality child care centres. The quality of the child care centre makes a big difference in the stress level of children.
High quality child care centres can follow four main strategies to reduce stress in your child. The first is to provide a safe environment with a “routine” for each day. This helps children learn what to expect during the day.
The next factor is for the carers to connect with the children. That sense of connection can make a world of difference when it comes to establishing trust and security. Children need to feel safe in their child care centre.
The next way to reduce stress: make the environment joyful and playful with plenty of laughter. It’s hard to be stressed when you are busy laughing. Joy and laughter also produce neurotransmitters such as beta-endorphins and serotonin.
The other great way to reduce stress for children is to comfort and support them when they become distressed or upset. When a child’s feelings are hurt, it’s important to acknowledge them, even if they are just “acting out.”
Another study from Dr Kay Margetts at the University of Melbourne finds that when babies, toddlers and preschoolers develop meaningful relationships with their carers, it can teach children how to have good relationships throughout their lives.
According to Dr Margetts, good relationships with carers not only reduce children’s stress levels, but also help them develop their cognitive, emotional, language and social skills.
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