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ERIC Number: EJ825355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
The Day Care Experience of Minority Families in Norway
Nergaard, Trude Brita
Child Care in Practice, v15 n1 p3-20 Jan 2009
This article evaluates the results of a Norwegian trial scheme involving free half-day day care for all four and five-year-olds in a district of Oslo with a large immigrant population. Although the scheme applied to all children in this age group, the target group was children whose parents came from non-Western countries. The evaluation, which is based on interviews with 45 families in addition to staff (15 persons) and teachers (seven persons), shows that almost all parents accepted the offer of free day care, with two distinctly different foci: immigrant parents focused mostly on the benefits of free day care and Norwegian language lessons for their pre-school children, whereas ethnic Norwegian parents focused primarily on the benefits of a half-day programme as opposed to the usual full-time programmes. Results show that, after two years, first-grade and second-grade teachers in the district noticed a marked improvement in the Norwegian skills of their incoming pupils whose parents were immigrants: the minority who had previously entered primary school speaking Norwegian had now become a majority. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 1; Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway