ERIC Number: ED183272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Minder, Mother and Child. Studies in Education 5.
Mayall, Berry; Petrie, Pat
This book reports an observational study of the quality of care given by 39 registered childminders in four London boroughs to 40 two-year-old children (25 boys and 15 girls). Minders and most of the 28 mothers involved were interviewed at home. Children were observed both at home and at their minders' homes. Children's language skills were also assessed. Findings indicate that the quality of care provided was unacceptably low, that few minders were motivated primarily by a concern for children and that nearly 40 percent of the childminders looked after more children than they were licensed to care for. Some minders who work with children were unwell or depressed. Only one-third provided an adequate range of age-appropriate toys. Children were often kept inside even on fair days. In the interview sessions mothers and children frequently interacted but minders and children interacted infrequently. Eighty-five percent of the children were below average in language development. These inadequacies in relatively favored situations of child care are discussed in terms of poor work conditions and low pay of minders, minder-child and minder-parent relationships, health services and local supervision of child care services. Proposals for service improvement are made. Childminders' and mothers' interview forms are appended along with the childminder assessment checklist. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Activities, Child Caregivers, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Evaluation, Family Day Care, Foreign Countries, Health Services, Individual Characteristics, Interaction, Interviews, Job Satisfaction, Language Acquisition, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Preschool Children, Quality of Life, Supervision
NFER Publishing Company Limited, Darville House, 2 Oxford Road East, Windsor, Berks SL4 1QS England (2.50 pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.
Identifiers: England; Recommendations