Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work

First Advisor

Eugenia Hackshaw

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor


My interest in the day care of children of working mothers was stimulated by my recent involvement in a study of the need for day care facilities in Kitchener-Waterloo. During this study it became apparent that most of the facilities and the interest in day care programs was related specifically to the care and education of children ages three to five. In reviewing the findings of a questionnaire used in the study however, it was readily determined that another problem existed. A total of 75 of 170 working mothers from industry stated that they placed a total of 84 infants with relatives and babysitters while they were at work. One-half of these infants were cared for outside of their homes. Approximately one-half of the mothers indicated that they had been forced to make two or more arrangements during the year and the majority stated that arrangements were hard to make.

This paper deals with three main areas. Initially, it attempts to address the general issues surrounding the provision of infant day care services. Secondly, it presents a point of view regarding the type of facility needed in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Thirdly, it proposes the undertaking of an initial study devoted to examining the effects of a specific type of infant day care program in reducing anxiety in the low-income working mother from industry.

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