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ERIC Number: ED136905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Pages: 21
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Staffing and Training in Day Care: U.S.A.
Honig, Alice Sterling
This paper discusses the selection and training of appropriate staff for day care. It is suggested that an ecological view of a day care center which considers all environmental factors helps draw attention to the importance of all staff members (including cooks, bus drivers, secretaries) in providing enriching experiences for the children. Total staff involvement may entail less hierarchical distinction between teachers and other staff members. Considerations for interviewing staff should thus include attitudes of personnel towards sharing roles and status. A variety of staff selection methods (interviewing, trial participation, and role playing) is recommended. Inservice training assumes importance once staff has been selected, and planning time and basic topics for inservice training sessions must be considered in advance. Other inservice topics of importance are interpersonal skills, conceptualization of the program, morale, and relations with parents. Communication with parents can provide information needed to understand and deal effectively with children's behavior and problems. Formative evaluation can be used as an aid to training and can help supervisors monitor the effectiveness of inservice programs. Suggestions and examples of interviewing, training, and parent involvement methods are provided. (SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (University of Guilfor, England, July, 1975)