Early Childhood Care and Education: International by Edward Melhuish, Konstantinos Petrogiannis

By Edward Melhuish, Konstantinos Petrogiannis

In the course of the global the variety of operating moms with childrens has endured to develop. This has vital effects for social coverage judgements, relatively within the fields of parental go away, childcare and pre-school prone provision. a few nations are way more profitable at combining prime quality early early life prone with excessive probabilities of moms in employment, while others proceed to fight. This edited quantity examines the ways that assorted international locations the world over are tackling early formative years prone and the way those prone have an effect on younger children’s reviews and improvement, for larger and worse. the various habitual questions of childcare provision are tackled, together with: Is pre-school childcare harmful to young ones? Does the standard of childcare subject? Why are a few international locations succeeding in supplying caliber childcare providers, and others are usually not? How do we most sensible organise parental depart, employment laws and childcare provision?

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Papaprokopiou understood these findings as evidence of a generally controlling attitude towards children’s behaviour. Similar findings were reported by Papathanassiou (1997). Teachers tended to blame nursery problems (such as low adult-to-child ratio and the grouping of children, regardless of their age, into one single class) on staff shortages, an argument made repeatedly over the years (Tsakiri, 1999). Most important, however, is that the typical ‘custodial care routine’ does not allow for parent involvement.

In another study, Papathanassiou (1997) observed that there was little relationship between the curriculum and actual nursery practice. In the Lambidi and Polemi-Todoulou study (1992a, b), the private nurseries reflected a child-centred orientation, with younger caregivers, better caregiver-to-child ratios, and less concern for the personal and professional needs of caregivers, despite demanding a high standard of care provision. The state nurseries reflected an orientation towards the operational aspects of caregiving, with older head teachers and caregivers, lower caregiver-to-child ratios, but more concern for the professional needs of the staff.

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