ERIC Number: EJ729082
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
A Gossip or a Good Yack? Reconceptualizing Parent Support in New Zealand Early Childhood Centre Based Programmes
Duncan, Judith; Bowden, Chris; Smith, Anne B.
International Journal of Early Years Education, v14 n1 p1-13 Mar 2006
Parental support has been an increasingly essential part of New Zealand early childhood (EC) education services over the last 20 years. This support has taken many shapes and forms over this time period, and has depended on the differing philosophies of the EC education services. What this support "looks like" and how it is delivered is directly connected to the goals and aims of these services. This paper will discuss the results from a small qualitative study that looked at how three New Zealand EC centres--two kindergartens and one child care centre--supported family resilience; that is, the ability of an individual and family to "cope" with and "recover" from significant adversity or stress, in ways that are not only effective but may result in increased ability to"respond" to and "protect" their families from future adversity. From semi-structured interviews with teachers, parents, and family support services associated with each of the three centres, the concept of planned parent education programmes, as meaningful support, is re-examined in the light of the ideas of a "gossip" or a "good yack". This research was funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development. (Contains 6 notes.)
Descriptors: Family Support, Foreign Countries, Social Support Groups, Low Income Groups, Parent Education, Family Programs, Early Childhood Education, Personality Traits, Coping, Family School Relationship, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand