Childcare: How are the Children Doing?

At Brainwave Trust we are often asked, “What are the effects of childcare on children?” We know that parents want the best for their children, and sometimes have difficult choices to make, which is why they deserve honest, as objective-as-possible information. Read more

Setting the Record Straight on Perry Preschool

Keryn O’Neill, Senior Researcher at Brainwave Trust, looks at some of the misinterpretations of the Perry Preschool early intervention study and how it applies or doesn’t apply to early childhood education in NZ. The attempts to use evidence when developing policy to enhance outcomes for New Zealand’s children are to be applauded. Research can certainly be a very useful tool in determining which of the multiple options facing Government are likely to effectively contribute to improved wellbeing for children. However, like the tools used by the Kiwi DIY-er, correct use is necessary for a positive result. Read more

What Children’s Cortisol Levels Tell Us About the Quality in Childcare Centres

Abstract: The Australian childcare profession has watched with some concern results of research coming out of North America, indicating that child care is not good for children. This research identifies undesirable outcomes in children’s development and behaviour as a result of child care attendance. Read more

The Neuroscience Data on Childcare

Researching and understanding the effects of non-parental care on young children is complex. Each child, each family, each situation is different. Data can only speak in statistically significant generalities. Yet once the findings from the research become robust and repeated it is important to report it so that parents can incorporate this information into their decisions, as well as advocate for improved policies and programmes. Read more

Choosing Quality Childcare

There are many reasons why parents leave their children in the care of others.  Brainwave Trust’s vision is that one day every child in New Zealand will get the best start in life because parents and the whole community understand and value the impact early experiences have on brain development, and ultimately on the healthy development of society. Read more

Teacher Consistency and Implications for Brain Development

Teacher Consistency and Implications for Brain Development is important for relationship shaping. Miriam McCaleb and Nathan Mikaere-Wallis explore this concept in their article   Read more