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# Child Development

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'Government thinks it's perfectly acceptable for childcare workers to have absolutely no training'
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has rowed back on its promise that every childcare worker will need a minimum qualification by this September.
Opinion: We can't afford NOT to invest in childcare and early education
Crèche fees in Ireland are among the highest in Europe – but that is no guarantee children are being well cared for.
# Psychology
Where do all the cool kids go?
Not very far, a study seems to suggest.
Column: What is the psychological impact of spending so much time in 'cyberspace'?
There are serious legal, ethical and philosophical challenges to protecting children in this technological age, writes Mary Aiken.
Column: Our children are an investment worth making
Budget 2014 is an opportunity to take stock of how we prioritise children and whether we put our money where our mouth is, writes Irene Gunning.
Column: I'm a mother of a special needs child and a pro-choice advocate
Tracey Holsgrove explains the agony of contemplating how to proceed with her pregnancy after learning of her baby’s condition – and why she is a firm pro-choice advocate.
Column: Embarrassed to talk about sex and porn? Ireland, this is your wake-up call
Today’s young women and men are being educated about sex by watching hardcore porn online for years before they ever have their own first romantic or sexual experience. For their sake, it’s time to open up about real sex, writes Cindy Gallop.
Column: Online bullying is fuelled by changes in our culture
Some children may be missing out on a key stage of development, writes psychotherapist Joanna Fortune.
Column: Taking kids to beauty salons? It’s far from child’s play
From junior manicures to baby clothes reading “I’m too sexy” – this sexualisation of children isn’t just a bit of fun, writes Joanna Fortune.
# coochy coo
Babies can understand meaning of words from 6 months - study
New research indicates that infants as young as six months can understand the meaning of full words – twice as early as previously believed.
# Child Development
Arguing parents could harm children's sleep patterns
Parents who row could affect the sleeping patterns of their infants for significant periods of time, new research has suggested.
# Parenting
Are children damaged by working mothers?
In short: no. But, as Emma Thompson says, having it all can put a strain on your mental health.