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ERIC Number: EJ1055607
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Using Relationships as a Tool: Early Childhood Educators' Perspectives of the Child-Caregiver Relationship in a Childcare Setting
Brebner, Chris; Hammond, Lauren; Schaumloffel, Nicole; Lind, Christopher
Early Child Development and Care, v185 n5 p709-726 2015
Children's early years are critical for development and many children access out-of-home care during this time. Services offering high-quality childcare afford an opportunity to impact positively on children's development, including acquisition of communication skills. A strong, responsive relationship between child and carer is important in facilitating children's communication development. For infants who are not yet verbal, early childhood educators (ECEs) need to be highly sensitive to the child's communication, and they need to develop a relationship with the child to interpret their signals and facilitate their communication. This study investigated the perspectives of ECEs on their relationships with infants in their care. Individual semi-structured interviews with ECEs were conducted and the interview data were triangulated with videoed observational data. The results demonstrate that these ECEs use the relationship with the children in their care as a tool for provision of optimal learning experiences across multiple developmental domains.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia