ERIC Number: ED345829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Aspects of Swedish Family Day Care and Center Care.
This paper presents data concerning the use and costs of center and family day care programs in Sweden. The typical center provides full-time care and has 4 sections, each with 2 preschool teachers, 1 attendant, and up to 20 children. In the family day care system, municipalities employ caregivers and parents pay the municipality. This paper discusses two studies in which: staff activities and social interaction were observed; data on staff/child ratios were collected; and parent and staff attitudes were assessed. The first study examined these factors for 6 day care centers; the second, for 29 caregivers and 110 parents involved in family day care programs. Results indicated that there were more toddlers in center care than family care, and more school-aged children in family care than center care. In family care programs, adults worked alone with a group of children; in centers, staff worked together with children. Educational activities were a dominant concern in center care; preparatory activities received precedence in family care. Family caregivers were more satisfied with their work than were center staff. On the whole, however, the results showed greater similarities than differences between center and family day care. A 15-item reference list is provided. (BC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Caregiver Child Ratio; Government Regulation; Staff Attitudes; Sweden
Note: Paper presented at the Early Childhood Convention (5th, Dunedin, New Zealand, September 8-12, 1991).