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ERIC Number: EJ1122933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Respecting but Not Sustaining Play: Early Childhood Educators' and Home Childcare Providers' Practices That Support Children's Play
Lemay, Lise; Bigras, Nathalie; Bouchard, Caroline
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v36 n4 p383-398 2016
This study examined and compared the extent to which early childhood educators' (ECEs) and home childcare providers' (HCPs) practices supported children's play. The sample included 50 ECEs and 20 HCPs in settings that care for 70 children at 18, 24, and 36 months old. At each time point, the childcare process quality was observed using the Educational Quality Observation Scales. Cross-sectional descriptive analysis revealed unsatisfactory scores on items that comprise the "Adult's practices that support children's play" subscale. The item "respects children's play" was the only exception, with scores in the satisfactory range. In addition, compared to HCPs, ECEs obtained higher scores. This study suggests that although ECEs and HCPs generally respected children's play, their interventions did not extend further to sustain play. There is a need to improve ECEs' and HCPs' practices to sustain young children's development and learning during play.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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