ERIC Number: ED327279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
An Examination of Training Issues for Caregivers of Toddlers.
The purpose of this study is to examine the training needs of caregivers of toddlers. Questions addressed include: (1) Is specialized training necessary? (2) Are caregivers receiving adequate training for providing appropriate environments for children of 1 or 2 years of age? (3) What are the obstacles and encouragements for caregivers of toddlers who wish to pursue further training? A review of the play behaviors of toddlers indicates that toddlers' play is both qualitatively and quantitatively different from that of younger or older children. Caregivers need specialized training if they are to provide toddlers with developmentally appropriate physical, social, and emotional environments. A teacher interview was designed to determine teachers' views of their training regarding the care of toddlers, and a director interview was designed to determine directors' assessments of the skills, abilities, and training needs of teachers of toddlers. A 28-item program assessment instrument, the Toddler Program Profile, was developed to serve as a measure of the physical environment, the daily schedule, adult-child interactions, and adult-adult interactions. Staff of six centers participated in the study. Findings identify areas in which caregivers of toddlers need additional training. Interview schedules and the assessment instrument are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oakland Univ., Rochester, MI. School of Human and Educational Services.