ERIC Number: ED426768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Caring in Practice: Child Care Substitute Youth Internship Program. A Synopsis.
Ferguson, E. Elaine
Serving as a substitute child caregiver can provide youth with an opportunity to sample the child care occupation while learning child care work skills. This report describes the Child Care Substitute Youth Internship Program, a community-based development project. Participating in the program in 1996 were fifteen 19- to 24-year-olds, 9 of whom were parents. The program was comprised of three components. The education component consisted of college courses on managing children's behavior and methods of teaching young children. The application component provided skill training comprised of a total of 420 hours of on-the-job experience over 6 months in cycles of 2 weeks of work experience alternating with 2 weeks of education. Following this component, there was a 3 month apprenticeship phase in which the intern transitioned into the child care work force with support from other child care centers. The reflection component was designed to develop reflective thinking skills and practices. The practice coordinator supported and trained the interns and mentors and delivered the reflection component of the curriculum. Mentors received training in communication, problem solving, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and teamwork to support them in the mentor role. Interns and mentors were matched for complementary communication styles using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. As a result of participating in the program, some of the interns decided to pursue further education related to early childhood education, while others decided it was not a career path for them to pursue. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Immigration Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Child Care Connection-N.S., Halifax (Nova Scotia).
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Myers Briggs Type Indicator