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ERIC Number: EJ770758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
What Makes All-Day Provision Satisfactory for Three and Four Year Olds?
Stephen, Christine
Early Child Development and Care, v173 n6 p577-588 Dec 2003
This paper reports on the findings of an investigation of the experiences of three and four year olds who had all-day provision, either in one preschool education and care setting or from a combination of providers. Here the data gathered about the children's experience and perspectives is reported. The evidence from the children suggests that if all-day provision is to give them satisfaction, then activities that match their individual preferences are essential. The tension between allowing children to make their own choices and pressures to ensure a "balanced curriculum" is identified. Behavioural indicators and the children's responses suggested that all-day provision was a predominantly positive experience in all settings. Adults were important to children but their need for adult attention fluctuated during the day. The social context and peer culture that children could create among themselves made a significant contribution to satisfaction with all-day provision but this required a supportive environment to flourish. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom