The Telegraph 16 October 2013
Academics at Oxford University discovered that exposure to some forms of early education contributed to bad behaviour and could be linked to emotional problems.
The study, based on an analysis of infants from almost 1,000 families, showed that the strongest influence on children came from within the home itself.
Children raised in poor families with high levels of parental stress or mental health problems were most at risk of developing emotional problems by the time they started school, it emerged.
The research also uncovered trends relating to children who were in formal child care — away from their parents.
The disclosure will revive debate over the best way to raise children amid a surge in the number of under-fives enrolled in nurseries and with childminders in the past 20 years. Figures from the Department for Education show that 441,000 children under five are in day nurseries while another 272,000 are being looked after by childminders.