Children left in day care ‘more likely to be hyperactive’

Children who spend time in day care centres or with child minders are more likely to have behavioural problems including hyperactivity, new research has found.

Experts at the University of Oxford set out to examine how different types of care influence child behaviour in light of the ‘dramatic increase’ in the number of working mothers in recent decades.

They found the strongest influences on child behaviour came from the home environment but also uncovered trends related to non-parental care.

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