Graduate Research Papers
Creating an accessible child development resource for family home child care providers focusing on child-initiated play
Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Child care; Play--Psychological aspects;
The purpose of this project was to create a newsletter for family home child care providers that presented easy-to-read, research based information regarding child-initiated play and developmentally appropriate practices and their incorporation in a family child care setting. The newsletter also addressed the need for creating and maintaining a balance between offering child-initiated opportunities and providing structure in a family child care setting.
A review of the literature revealed that nearly half of family home child care providers have no specialized training in the field of child care, child development, or early childhood education. Caregiver education and training is a predictor of quality in family home child care, which creates a concern that those home providers with less education and/or training may be providing lower quality care to the children that they serve. In order to encourage children's development, home providers need information about developmentally appropriate practice, as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and appropriate child-initiated play opportunities prevalent in the constructivist theory of education.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Charles R. May
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©2009 Paula Buck
Buck, Paula, "Creating an accessible child development resource for family home child care providers focusing on child-initiated play" (2009). Graduate Research Papers. 441.
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