- the first study seems to focus on children's behaviour at daycare if they start early versus starting later. You would assume that a child who has been in long term care would probably cope reasonably well after a long time in care. It doesn't seem to measure how it may have affected their attachment or more subtle psychological effects that could flow on
- the reporting of the second study doesn't really seem to present any information where you could conclude "children don't care about childcare"
- the third study compares the academic outcomes of long day care versus pre-school or kindy, so doesn't seem to have anything useful to say about whether childcare is detrimental
Based on the reporting of the studies of the article, it seems like a long bow to draw to say that there is no detrimental effect on children from childcare. But I'm sure there are studies (perhaps including those ones, as I haven't had the opportunity to ready them) that support that conclusion.
As for evidence that it is detrimental for young children (ie. under 3), the Steve Biddulph book, Raising Babies, cites a lot of studies on attachment.
I'm sorry if my posts are hurtful to working parents. there is a lot of judgment out there when you use childcare. Given my late state of pregnancy, people have started asking me how long I will have off work. there is often an awkward silence when I tell people "5 or 6 months", and then I start making excuses about working part time and finances, and they look a bit dubious. you do sometimes feel that people are thinking "why bother having children", and that is unfair as the criticism always falls on women.
I just wish the system wasn't like it was. My other concern is that if we accept childcare is equal to parental care, there will be less pressure for adequate paid parental leave, as opposed to the poor excuse of a system brought in by the government.