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The impact of children/caregiver ratio on activities and social interaction in six day care centre groups

Authors: Kerstin Palmérus; Solveig Hägglund;

The impact of children/caregiver ratio on activities and social interaction in six day care centre groups

Abstract

Questions concerning caregiver — child ratio were studied in six day care centre groups. Twenty caregivers were observed, one at a time for 12 hours. The observer kept a running record, writing down social interactions and activities. A total of 6312 observational units were collected. According to the findings of this study variations in observed patterns of activities and social interactions could not be explained only by referring to variations in child/staff ratio. More adults per children increased child‐oriented activities and close interaction with the children only if the staff agreed on goals and methods in their work. A model is presented where child‐caregiver ratio is related to group characteristics, adult working styles and concordance.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Gerontology Concordance Observational study Day care centre Running record Psychology Social psychology Social relation

Keywords

Social Psychology, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Pediatrics

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