ERIC Number: ED200302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Focus on Childminders: A Profile of the First Bunbury Drop-In Centres.
Shinman, Sheila M.
This report describes the development of two British projects designed to increase support to persons paid to care for unrelated children in their homes, and to improve the quality of childminding. Informal Drop-In Centres offering stimulating play experiences for the children under the guidance of a trained playleader/community worker were established in Lewisham and Islington--two areas known to contain many childminders caring for children under 5 years old. Bunbury Trust money was used initially to fund the projects. Social Services, the registery agency for childminders, funded the Lewisham and Islington projects after initial periods of 18- and 24-months, respectively. Descriptions are given of how the projects differed during the implementation process in terms of staffing, home visits to the childminders, the Drop-In Centre sites, and the transition from Bunbury sponsorship to Social Services sponsorship. Mistakes and disappointments encountered in the process of implementation are described for the purpose of aiding others working with childminders. It is suggested, in conclusion, that implementation of these projects has lead to clarification of the childminders' needs and to the raising of standards of good quality care. (Author/JA)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Family Day Care, Foreign Countries, Improvement Programs, Preschool Education, Program Implementation, Teacher Centers, Teacher Improvement
Dr. Sheila M. Shinman, Department of Education, Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, England (20 pence, to cover postage and packing).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Inner London Pre-School Playgroups Association (England).
Identifiers: Drop In Centers; England (London)