Promoting children's social and emotional wellbeing in childcare centres within low socioeconomic areas

strategies, facilitators and challenges

Elise Davis, Naomi Priest, Belinda Davies, Margaret Sims, Linda Harrison, Helen Herrman, Elizabeth Waters, Lyndall Strazdins, Bernie Marshall, Kay Cook

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Abstract

ALTHOUGH CHILDCARE CENTRES HAVE a vital role to play in the social and emotional development of children, the strategies used to promote children's wellbeing in such settings are not well researched. This study aimed to identify the strategies, facilitators and key challenges for promoting children's social and emotional wellbeing as reported by childcare directors and workers during semi-structured interviews. They reported mainly informal strategies with few formalised policies, curricula or strategies. Staff reported frequent difficulties communicating with parents and/or children due to many families speaking little or no English. Lack of staff training and inadequate resources for activities were other key challenges they identified. Perceived facilitators included staff having strong relationships with each other and sharing a common philosophy, as well as having an open door policy for parents. Systematic development of skills to promote children's social and emotional wellbeing could help leverage childcare staff's potential to promote children's wellbeing during a crucial stage of child development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-86
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Journal of Early Childhood
Volume35
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

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