The NACCRRA (National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies) has polled about 600 parents about a plethra of issues regarding child care in the USA. I can't summarize this huge report in this short blurb. Check it out the executive report.
In light of this survey, ask yourself: what does Child Care mean to me?
Debbie Cryer, one of the three co-creaters of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS), penned an article back in 2003 that broke Child Care down into these virtues:
1. Safety: ensuring that kids will not get sick or injured while with their care providers. Ensuring that children will receive proper attention IF they DO suffer any malady or hurt.
2. Healthy Attention: The floors should stay clean for young barefeet. The tables, floors, chairs, toys, and toiletries should stay sanatized. The child care center should construct an outside area that lessons child dangerment.
3. Developmentally Appropriate Activities: a child should interact and receive stimulation based ONLY on their developmetal levels.
4.Postive Interactions: the adults they talk, play, and learn with should treat them like they treat themselves. They nurture them with kindness, gentleness, love, forgiveness, peace, and truth; however, should lead the child (the child should not be the boss).
5.Indvidual Circadia: Just like plants have their own internal clocks, children possess them. Each child learns and develops at his/her own rate.
How would you ponder the above ideas?
Cryer, D. (2003). Defining and assessing early childhood program quality. Annals of the american academy of political and social science 563, 39-55.