ERIC Number: ED329358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Those Who Care: A Report on Child Caregivers in Alberta Daycare Centres.
LaGrange, Annette; Read, Malcolm
This study examines the characteristics and work environments of child care personnel employed by 80 day care centers throughout Alberta. Findings indicated that, on average, child care staff had higher levels of education than the general adult population in the province. Considerable mobility within the child care field was found. Staff with early childhood postsecondary qualifications were the most likely to stay in the field for more than 5 years. Caregivers were very committed to their work. However, this commitment did not always translate into professional involvement in the field. Financial compensation for caregivers was related to years of postsecondary education, early childhood education, and years of experience. A majority of caregivers received no job benefits other than those required by legislation. Caregivers expressed strong satisfaction with many aspects of their work, describing it as important, interesting, and rewarding. They were equally dissatisfied with certain other aspects. Turnover rates were high and were related to low salaries. Training for child care personnel was supported by all groups. Recommendations for further study are offered. (22 graphs, 31 references) (RH)
Descriptors: Administrators, Child Caregivers, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, State Surveys, Teacher Characteristics, Work Environment
Child Care Matters, P.O. Box 2, R.R.4., Site 2, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada T4N 5E4 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Care Matters, Red Deer (Alberta).
Identifiers: Alberta; Licensed Programs; Program Characteristics
Note: This research supported by a grant from Health and Welfare Canada, Child Care Initiatives Fund.