Child Development, Effects of Daycare Essay

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Child Development

Unit 4 Project
Child Care A vs. Child Care B
PS 220-01
Kaplan University

The earliest years are some of the most important for the development of a child. This is where the foundation is set for the years to come. The surroundings of a child in their first years are very crucial in their social and cognitive development. With all this in mind, it is necessary to be thorough and painstaking in your research into a day care facility that is being considered for your child’s care.
In this case, there are two possible facilities for placing eight month old Tyree. Child Care A, which has a clean, safe, environment rich in things to learn and areas to play. There are many teachers, allowing for a great
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Children respond well to operant conditioning, as their behaviors are reinforced by a positive reaction. An example of this principle of learning is demonstrated by the case of two babies, and two care givers, one care giver greets the baby with a ‘Hello’ and by rocking his cradle. The second care giver just simply walks past. The baby who received the positive response is more likely to respond with a smile the next time the care giver walks past. This is because the behavior is followed by a positive response. (2008, Bukatko) Infants crave attention and approval as they develop socially. This is a good reason that Child Care A will be a better choice, as it has more teachers and more opportunity for interaction. Further, babies learn from their surroundings, as well. Called the social learning theory, it “emphasizes learning through observation and imitation of the behaviors displayed by others.” (Bukatko, 2008, p 19) This idea offers more support for Child Care A, because there are an abundance of colorful objects and appropriate toys with which the children can play. By seeing others play and learn with these objects Tyree will follow suit.
Infants need to interact with others to learn, and daycare is a good opportunity to do so. Studies have shown that children who attended daycare showed higher cognitive ability, and advanced vocabulary skills, as well as am increased ability to form relationships and
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