ERIC Number: ED059356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Learning and Teaching in a Center for the Care of Infants and Toddlers. A Descriptive Review of Experience with Staff Development.
Arnote, Thelma E.
Phase I of a research and demonstration project was devoted to establishing, operating, and evaluating a demonstration nursery center to provide for the daytime care of 30 infants and toddlers ranging in age from 2 months through 3 years. During this phase, some emphasis was also given to recruiting and training the center's nursery assistants, and their experiences are described in this publication. To insure close staff working relationships, all staff members are involved in the interviewing, selection, and training of new nursery assistants. Once hired, the new assistant begins a week of orientation consisting of discussions with the professional and paraprofessional staff, and observations and assistance in each of the five children's groups. Further training occurs on the job, and both the new and established assistants are encouraged to improve themselves through formal and informal means. Some opportunities for development and improvement include: (1) casual conversations between staff, (2) planned meetings, (3) observation in other infant centers, (4) experiences in keeping written observations of the children, and (5) consultation with the pediatrician, nutritionist, social worker, and psychologist. (SB)
Descriptors: Child Care Occupations, Child Caregivers, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Inservice Education, On the Job Training, Paraprofessional Personnel, Vocational Education
Infant Care Project, Institute for Child & Family Development, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina 27412 ($.50)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Greensboro.