ERIC Number: ED341505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Parents as Discerning Consumers at Three Types of Early Childhood Centres.
Parents' views on the goals of early childhood programs and on characteristics of a high quality center were examined in a study that also investigated parents' understandings of quality in three different types of early childhood services. The study was part of a major project on the quality of early childhood centers, which was funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Education. The focus in this paper is on findings revealed when day care center managers and staff were, for the first time, required by the government, as part of the charter development process, to consult with parents and find out their views. A total of 211 families participated in the survey, with the response rate high in play centers, and modest at child care centers and kindergartens. Three main topics were surveyed: (1) parents' reasons for choosing their current early childhood center; (2) parents' ratings of a list of goals and criteria of high quality centers; and (3) demographic and background information. It was found that convenience and program appearance were important factors in center selection. The most frequently cited goals were children's self-confidence, a safe and secure setting, and warm and loving care. The most important criteria for a high quality center were responsive and knowledgeable staff, good supervision, and safe and clean equipment and facilities. Differences among parents of children at play centers, child care centers, and kindergartens were found. Contains 23 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Day Care Selection; New Zealand; Play Centers
Note: For related documents, see PS 020 301-302 and PS 020 307. Doctoral Research Paper, University of Otago. Paper presented at the NZARE National Conference--Knox College (13th, Dunedin, New Zealand, November 28-December 1, 1991).