Deciding to go back to work or stay home with kids can be a big difficult choice, one that’s often guided by finances. There is some good news if you’re hesitant about placing your kids in someone else’s care. A new study shows that kids who go to daycare might gain some benefits they won’t find at home.

According to the study conducted by researchers at Sorbonne University in France, kids who attend daycare are were less likely to develop problems with socialization and conduct as they grew older. The study analyzed 1,428 children from birth to age three, noting whether they were in a formal childcare center or informal home care during those first three years.

The researchers followed those kids until age eight studying their behavioral and emotional symptom trajectories. Those symptoms include emotional symptoms, peer relationship problems, hyperactivity/inattention, conduct problems and prosocial behaviors.

The kids who attended a formal childcare center had a lower likelihood of having having high levels of emotional symptoms, peer relationship problems and low prosocial behaviors. The research showed that attending a daycare for at least one year meant a higher probability of this outcome and formal care had a higher impact on girls and kids from favorable socioeconomic background, than boys in general.

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Of course it’s also important to note that this study was conducted in France, where the educational system is markedly different from the United States and a study examining formal daycare in the United States could show different outcomes.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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