Status: 22/09/2023, 04:51 a.m.
By: Judith Braun
Experts disagree on whether early third-party care is beneficial or harmful for children. Stefanie Stahl is sceptical about this development.
In an interview with Focus Online, psychologist Stefanie Stahl emphasizes how immensely important it is for children in the first two years of life to experience security. In order to experience this security, children need the basic trust that is instilled in them by their parents in the early months and years. As children explore their environment, their brains are also shaped. When a child experiences that his parents are happy about his existence, lovingly care for him and take care of him, then complex hormonal and neurobiological processes are triggered in the brain, which lead to a positive connection. That's why she advises against starting a daycare center too early.
Education: Psychologist Stefanie Stahl warns against giving children to daycare too early
Today, more and more women are returning to work earlier than in the past. Since parents in Germany have a legal right to a daycare place, children often go to daycare centers at the age of one. © Zoonar.com/Yuri Arcurs peopleimages.com/IMAGO
- In the past, mothers stayed at home until their children reached kindergarten age, but today more and more women are returning to work early, for financial reasons or to reconcile child and career.
- In Germany, parents have a legal right to a daycare place, which means that children often go to daycare centers at the age of one.
- Experts disagree on whether early third-party care is beneficial or harmful to children's development.
- Psychologist Stefanie Stahl is one of the daycare skeptics and warns of possible irreversible damage if external care is provided at an early stage.
- In the first two years of life, the experience of security and basic trust is of crucial importance for the children.
- Stefanie Stahl emphasizes that a child's brain is shaped by positive experiences with parents, which promotes basic trust and emotional security.
- The psychologist warns of possible "hardware damage" in the brain if children are given to daycare too early, which cannot be reversed
- Infants need security and safety in the first twelve months, ideally from the mother as a caregiver.
- Developmental psychologists disagree and believe that additional caregivers in the daycare center do not harm the children and can even offer benefits.
- The decision as to whether or not to place a child in daycare should depend on personal circumstances, with a permanent caregiver and the quality of the daycare center being of great importance.
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