ERIC Number: ED429735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Spreading Their Wings: Seven Hundred and Sixty-Seven Parents Talk about Their Children's Home and Early Childhood Education Experiences. A Report for the Ministry of Education.
This telephone survey examined the early childhood education (ECE) experiences, home experiences, and home resources of near-5-year-olds in New Zealand, as identified by their parents. Participating were 767 New Zealand families in Wellington and Porirua, a sample selected to be comparable to those selected in other longitudinal studies. The main findings of this study follow. Around 60 percent of mothers were in paid employment. Family income was related to the number of parents employed and occupations, and children in sole-parent families were more likely than others to be in low-income households. Most parents reported four kinds of family activities, with family income and mother's educational level associated with different activity patterns. Parents' description of their contribution to children's development included spending time with them, providing resources that cost money, reading to them, and providing a stable family environment. About half the children could read or recognize some words; about one-third could add or subtract. The use of two or more ECE services was related to maternal education and family income. Creches and private informal care were the two main types of ECE service first used. Later ECE service use was related to family income. The main reasons for choice of children's first ECE service were suitability to parents' needs, previous family/friend's attendance, location, and reputation. Parents' ratings of children's competency were related to parents' education, family income, and family structure. The main factors in parental choice of primary schools were proximity, reputation, and previous family attendance. The questionnaire is appended. (KB)
Descriptors: Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Attainment, Employed Parents, Family Environment, Family Income, Family Structure, Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Competence, Parent Attitudes, Parent Background, Parents, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, School Choice, Telephone Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ministry of Education, Wellington (New Zealand).
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand