ERIC Number: ED385377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Family Experiences of Transition from Child Care to School.
A study traced the experiences of Australian working families as their children started formal schooling. Each family faced the prospect of moving their child or children from the intimate environment of a child care center that operated from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to a large elementary school with a 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. school day. The study focused on: (1) children's experiences during the transition; (2) characteristics of preschool experiences that predict successful school adjustment, and (3) parents' experiences in planning, negotiating and managing the transition, and their management of family and work responsibilities. Children and parents were interviewed on two occasions during the transition period. Findings from interviews indicated that the transition was affected by the diversity of the working families, which provided no typical pattern of transition. In almost all cases, mothers assumed the major responsibility for managing the transition. Children found the transition to be a generally positive experience. They were excited about going to school and regarded school as the logical and natural next step after child care. Of major concern for parents was the lack of coordinated provision for formal out-of-school care, difficulty in finding and accessing what care was available, and a perception that the schools had little regard for working families. Families with two professional working parents, one of whom had flexible working hours and generous leave provisions, and with strong existing community and family support networks reported the most positive transition experiences. Contains nine references. (AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Inst. of Early Childhood Educators.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia