Zealand - commissioned by Family First New Zealand and prepared
by British psychologist Aric Sigman - looks at the potential impacts of
separating a child from their parent in the first few years of life.
This report looks at the increasing number of children who spend time in
daycare in NZ and claims attending daycare for extended periods of time could
have potential long-term consequences for children's mental and physical health
as adults. Dr Sigman says children in centre-based care produce a higher level
of cortisol which is the stress hormone produced in response to fear and
uncertainty, and too much of it has been linked to a lowered immune system.