ERIC Number: ED338396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
More Than Just "A Bit of Peace and Quiet": A Case Study of a Mother and Toddler Group in Belfast.
This report describes the operation of a mother and toddler group, one of several activities of 123 House, a community-based project in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The basic aim of the mother and toddler group, which operates 5 mornings a week, is to give mothers a chance to socialize. On 2 mornings, various courses are offered. Throughout the 4 years of its operation, the group has attracted 140 women. To evaluate the project, a large scale research program was conducted (from which this report is drawn). Methods included interviews with 25 of the women who attended the group as well as discussion with project staff and observation of participating children. The women indicated that they initially used the group to find companionship and get a break from their children, but the interviews also revealed that they had benefitted from the project in many different respects, social, educational, and personal. A sense of informality and mutual support contributed to the success of the group. A creche is operated as part of the mother and toddler group. Mothers believe the creche is valuable in providing company for their toddlers, and results in various benefits to their children's development. In the creche, children engage in informal games, art activities, and pretend play. Recommendations for operating a mother and toddler group are offered. A brief bibliography is included, and a list of resources useful for organizing a mother and toddler group is provided. (BC)
Descriptors: Child Development, Community Centers, Community Programs, Day Care, Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Relationship, Mothers, Play, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Social Support Groups, Toddlers, Womens Education
123 House, 123 Cliftonville Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT14 6JR (1.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Northern Ireland (Belfast); Parent Child Centers
Note: The original research on which this paper is based was sponsored by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation.