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The childcare center: How to ensure quality childcare practices

Hanafi, Zahyah (2015) The childcare center: How to ensure quality childcare practices. Asian Social Science, 11 (25). pp. 90-100. ISSN 1911-2017

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Ensuring staff display best practices when handling children at childcare center is a task that requires the management to consistently instill knowledge and skills on child development. This paper will unfold the initiative of a childcare manager who believes that in order to ensure the center provides best services to the children, a research into the level of knowledge and skill on handling children is necessary. Thus, a case study was conducted to identify the key areas of a quality childcare center: staff relationships with children and peers, partnerships with families, programming and evaluation, children’s experiences and learning, protective care and safety, health, nutrition and wellbeing, and managing to support quality.A questionnaire which was adapted from the Quality Improvement Accreditation System (QIAS) model was administered to all the staff at the center. The results revealed that there are areas that reflect staff ability to implement what was taught. However, there are areas that need further training and guidance and there are also areas that urgently require consistent training and monitoring. The paper ends with discussion between the researcher and the manager on ways to enhance staff development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: quality improvement accreditation system (QIAS), childcare center management, quality childcare
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: School of Education & Modern Languages
Depositing User: Prof. Madya Dr. Zahyah Hanafi
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2016 07:18
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 07:18
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/18688

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