A new piece of research from the Institute of Education has looked at children whose mothers return to full-time work, leaving them either in the care of grandparents or a nursery. The study concludes that while grandparents can do more to develop a young child's vocabulary, they are less likely to provide the range of other experiences (educational and social) which a young child needs.
The full report of the study appears in the latest issue of Journal of Social Policy, which is available in the library at Summer Row. Readers may also be interested in the two articles below, which give differing perspectives on this issue:
Using grandparents as childcare
Using a nursery as childcare