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ERIC Number: ED312050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 21
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A Comparison of Play Opportunities Available in Day Care Centers and Family Day Care Homes.
Eddowes, E. Anne; Dreyspring, Marianne
Day care center directors and family day care providers were surveyed concerning play opportunities in their programs. Three areas were considered: the physical environment, the importance of play in the program, and peer interaction patterns. Participants included 177 family day care providers and directors from 148 full-day care centers with 243 child care programs, including 95 programs for children to 30 months of age and 148 programs for children from 30 months to 5 years of age. All homes and centers were located in the Birmingham, Alabama metropolitan area. Data were gathered on an 18-item questionnaire. Results showed more differences than similarities between the two types of care. Nonstructured play was important in both settings. Neither setting offered children a choice of learning centers during nonstructured play. Learning centers were not often set up outside at either setting. In comparison to homes, day care centers had more interest areas, outside play equipment, outdoor play, and children playing alone. In family day care homes, more time was allotted to both inside and outside play in the mornings, and children were encouraged to play together more often. Although no difference was found between the types of care in the degree to which children were given a choice of learning centers indoors, survey responses suggested differing perceptions about the need for structure. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama (Birmingham)