Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
On-line version ISSN 1678-7153
RAPOPORT, Andrea and PICCININI, Cesar Augusto. The entrance and adjustment of infants and toddlers to daycare center: some critical aspects. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2001, vol.14, n.1, pp. 81-95. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722001000100007.
The present article examines some theoretical aspects and empirical studies related to the entry of babies and small children into daycare center. The problems of early separation and its consequences to child development are also examined. Futhermore, it discusses the factors which interfere in adaptation to the daycare center and the infant's coping strategies to deal with potentially stressful events. Although there is consensus about the complexity of the period of adaptation to daycare center, there are some inconsistencies among the studies about the most adequate period for entering daycare center, some ages being pointed out as more critical. In any case, the adaptation to daycare center depends on various factors, which makes it impossible for us to make predictions based on any isolated factor.
Keywords : Daycare center; daycare adjustment; coping behaviors.