Childcare workers' and centre directors' beliefs about infant childcare quality and professional training

Brownlee, Joanne M., Berthelsen, Donna C., & Segaran, Nirmala (2007) Childcare workers' and centre directors' beliefs about infant childcare quality and professional training. Early Child Development and Care, 179(4), pp. 453-475.

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While there has been extensive research exploring quality in child care programs for children over 3 years, less attention has been directed to the nature of infants' experiences in centre-based child care programs. In this study, six child care workers and six centre directors located in centre-based child care programs in metropolitan Australia were interviewed about their beliefs about quality care and training for infants. In each of the participating centres, the infant programs were also observed using an observational measure which focused on the nature of adult-infant interactions. Both centre directors and child care workers expressed beliefs that quality in infant care was related to affective dimensions (e.g., care, love, attention) and programming for infants' learning and development. They also expressed views that infant care training should have a strong practical focus to provide the necessary knowledge and skills for interacting with infants. Only centre directors discussed beliefs about quality programming explicitly in terms of the impact on infants' learning. Further, the centre directors were more likely to reflect on the nature of staff learning when engaged in infant care training programs. Implications for training are discussed.

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ID Code: 10570
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1080/03004430701217688
ISSN: 0300-4430
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in Early Child Development and Care, Volume 179, Issue 4. Early Child Development and Care is available online at informaworldTM.
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2013 01:04

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