ERIC Number: ED243604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Special Stresses of Infant Caregiving. CCEP Handout #17.
Child Care Employee Project, Berkeley, CA.
Because the characteristics of children change at different ages, child caregiver knowledge, techniques, and stresses also should vary. The author suggests ways to improve or eliminate three specific stresses of infant/toddler caregiving: low pay and status, physical stress, and emotional stress. Infant caregivers should inform parents about the value of caregiving and the need for quality child care. Caregivers should demand professional and in-service training from centers and community colleges as a way of gathering support for improved pay and working conditions. To reduce physical stress and exposure to illness, caregivers should take care of themselves and should encourage their centers to provide health coverage, substitute caregivers, and comfortable places for meals and breaks. To avoid the emotional stress caused by the intense attachments and bonds that develop between caregiver and child, caregivers should communicate their feelings and work together for sensitivity of staff needs. (BJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rosenberg Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: Child Care Employee Project, Berkeley, CA.