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The effects of preschool experience on motor skill development in kindergarten children

1 May 1993


Many researchers have studied the effects of early daycare on intellectual and psychological development in children. Relatively few studies have examined what effects early day-care has on fine and gross motor development. This study correlates the overall motor skill development of kindergarten children as assessed by the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency with the type and amount of -child day-care received during their preschool years. The results showed significantly (p < .05) higher motor scores for children who had attended day-care in a Montessori setting during their fifth year of preschool. Scores were also significantly (p < .05) higher for children who had attended day-care with a larger number of children in their classes during their fourth year of preschool. The amount of time spent in day-care prior to kindergarten had no significant effect on motor development.


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