ERIC Number: ED439828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Child Care and Importance of the Educator-Child Relationship: Policy Relevant Conclusions Based on a Brief Review of Literature. CBGS Working Document.
Van den Bergh, Bea
At the request of the Family and Welfare Council of Belgium, the Centre for Population and Family Studies compiled a documentation file on child care. Part of the documentation file, this updated working paper discusses literature addressing child care, particularly the quality of relationships between children and caregivers and development of children's self-esteem. Topics of research reviewed in the paper include: (1) responsibility for education; (2) Bowlby's maternal deprivation theory; (3) attachment theory; (4) Swedish and American research on effects of child care; and (5) development of competency and self-esteem in young children. The paper draws some conclusions from its review of the research: (1) the quality of nonparental care is of primordial importance to the evaluation of its effects on children; (2) whether at home or in a day care setting, the quality of the educator-child relationship is a very--if not the most--important facet in child development; (3) poor quality care or poor support systems for parents have negative effects on children; (4) high-quality care in a center is comparable to high-quality family day care; and (5) more research is needed on the possibly differing processes of development of children in nonparental versus parental care, the experiences of children themselves, and other cultures. (Contains 106 references.) (EV)
Descriptors: Caregiver Child Relationship, Day Care, Day Care Effects, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Literature Reviews, Policy Formation, Teacher Student Relationship
Centre for Population and Family Studies, A Scientific Institute of the Flemish Community, Markiesstraat 1, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. e-mail: CBGS@wvc.vlaanderen.be.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Centre for Population and Family Studies, Brussels (Belgium).