Child Care For Infants and Toddlers: Where in The World Are We Going?

Document Type

Journal Article


Computing, Health and Science


Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine




This article was originally published as: Sims, M., Guilfoyle, A., & Parry, T.(2006). Child care for infants and toddlers: where in the world are we going? The first years: New Zealand journal of infant and toddler education. 8(1), 12-19. Original article available here.


In this article we address some of the issues around the provision of alternative care (in particular formal centre-based child care) for infants and toddlers. We discuss why these services are under-valued (and thus under-resourced). Evidence from the research literature on the outcomes for those children attending child care is reviewed and a new explanation for observed outcomes is presented. We use our own research to present the case for high quality child care for toddlers, and an explanation as to what that means in terms of service delivery.