Journal article

Family day care educators' knowledge, confidence and skills in promoting children's social and emotional wellbeing: Baseline data from Thrive

Elise Davis, Lara Corr, Rahila Ummer-Christian, Kim-Michelle Gilson, Elizabeth Waters, Kay Cook, Linda Harrison, Helen Herrman, Andrew Mackinnon, Margaret Sims, Cathrine Mihalopoulos, Bernie Marshall

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

THIS PAPER PRESENTS BASELINE data from Thrive, a capacity-building program for family day care educators. Educators completed a self-report survey assessing knowledge and confidence in promoting children’s social and emotional wellbeing. An in-home observation was used to assess care quality. Twenty-four educators responded to the survey (40 per cent response rate). They had an average of nine years’ experience and 82 percent held childcare qualifications. Educators reported knowledge of, on average, three early signs of social and emotional problems in children, three risk factors and two protective factors. Using a scale from 0-10, mean educator confidence levels ranged from an average of ..

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