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Determinants and Effects of School Age Childcare on Children’s Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Outcomes at Age 13


  • Delma Byrne

    (Maynooth University – National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland)


Little is known about the determinants or the influence of childcare arrangements for school age children in the Irish context. Using longitudinal data from Wave 1 and Wave 2 of the Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) child cohort study, this paper examines the factors associated with participation in non-parental after-school care in middle childhood and examines the influence of such care settings on children’s outcomes at age 13. The findings show that participation in the type of after-school clubs captured by the GUI data (largely paid care in a group setting) is supporting children with specific educational needs and those with limited family support, as well as being strongly associated with maternal employment and high household income. Cognitive and socio-emotional outcomes at thirteen years are best explained by child, family, school and parental characteristics rather than direct effects of the type of out-of-school care arrangement held at age nine.

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  • Delma Byrne, 2016. "Determinants and Effects of School Age Childcare on Children’s Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Outcomes at Age 13," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 47(4), pages 543-575.
  • Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:47:y:2016:i:4:p:543-575

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    1. Horgan, Deirdre & O'Riordan, Jacqui & Martin, Shirley & O'Sullivan, Jane, 2018. "Children's views on school-age care: Child's play or childcare?," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 91(C), pages 338-346.
    2. Russell, Helen & McGinnity, Frances & Fahey, Éamonn & Kenny, Oona, 2018. "Maternal employment and the cost of childcare in Ireland," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS73, December.

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    school age childcare; socio-economics; Ireland;


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