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ERIC Number: EJ894941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0966-9760
Quality of Australian Childcare and Children's Social Skills
Ishimine, Karin; Wilson, Rachel; Evans, David
International Journal of Early Years Education, v18 n2 p159-175 Jun 2010
This study investigated the relationships and interactions between childcare quality (Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Revised edition [ECERS-R]/Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Extension [ECERS-E]) and children's social skills (SSRS) in different sociodemographic areas within one Australian city. Multiple regression analysis revealed that some subscales of ECERS-R and ECERS-E (language-reasoning, programme structure, space and furnishings, parents and staff, literacy, mathematics, science and environment) predicted the level of children's social skills and the frequency of problem behaviour, with positive and negative effects. Interestingly, although total scores for ECERS-R and ECERS-E were not significant predictors of social skills scores, interaction between total ECERS-R and ECERS-E scores was a significant predictor. With some qualifications the study provides evidence that both the childcare centre's neighbourhood and the quality of childcare provision are related to children's social skills. The interaction between social/emotional and academic aspects of quality suggests that we need to consider synergistic dimensions in quality in order to optimally enhance social skills in children. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale