ERIC Number: ED192890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Children First: A Look at the Needs of School-Age Children.
This brief paper discusses needs of school-age children and factors to consider in providing school-age child care. These needs and factors are explored in a discussion of five myths about school-age day care. The myths are as follows: (1) school-age children are old enough to fend for themselves, assume responsibility for their own welfare and arrange their own leisure time activities; (2) almost anyone, if friendly, can develop and carry out a good child care program for school-age children; (3) most communities have accepted the responsibility for planning, organizing, coordinating and implementing school-age child care services; (4) there is not enough money to support high quality school-age care; and (5) parents who need day care programs are not concerned about or interested in the quality of care their children receive. Anecdotal examples of children's comments are used to illustrate the need for child care providers to respect children as persons in their own right, to realise that no two children are alike, and to keep a sense of humor. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at School's Out! A Conference on Day Care for the School-Age Child (Boston, MA, June 15-16, 1979). For other papers from this conference, see PS 011 714-726.