ERIC Number: ED329359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Those Who Care: A Report on Approved Family Day Home Providers in Alberta.
Read, Malcolm; LaGrange, Annette
This study examines the characteristics and work environments of approved family day home providers in Alberta. Family day home agency coordinators from across Alberta completed questionnaires, as did approved providers who contracted with 12 agencies in central Alberta. Typical providers were married, had children, and had lived in their present communities for 5 years or more. The majority did not have early childhood training or a postsecondary education qualification. Most had worked in the position for less than 2 years. Providers had access to several professional development activities, many of which were sponsored or supported by the agency. Fees paid to providers were low, and most traditional job benefits were unavailable to most providers. Providers worked long hours. They expressed satisfaction with and commitment to many aspects of their work, but were dissatisfied with their pay, benefits, and level of recognition by society. Turnover rates were very high, and provider recruitment was difficult. Primary reasons for becoming a provider were the need to earn income and to care for their own children. Provider training was supported by providers and agency coordinators. Recommendations for further study are offered. (10 graphs, 33 references) (RH)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Early Childhood Education, Family Day Care, 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; Program Characteristics
Note: This research supported by a grant from Health and Welfare Canada, Child Care Initiatives Fund.