Family day care educators : an exploration of their understanding and experiences promoting children's social and emotional wellbeing

Davis, Elise, Priest, Naomi, Davies, Belinda, Smyth, Lisa, Waters, Elizabeth, Herrman, Helen, Sims, Margaret, Harrison, Linda, Cook, Kay, Marshall, Bernie and Williamson, Lara 2012, Family day care educators : an exploration of their understanding and experiences promoting children's social and emotional wellbeing, Early child development and care, vol. 182, no. 9, pp. 1193-1208.

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Title Family day care educators : an exploration of their understanding and experiences promoting children's social and emotional wellbeing
Author(s) Davis, Elise
Priest, Naomi
Davies, Belinda
Smyth, Lisa
Waters, Elizabeth
Herrman, Helen
Sims, Margaret
Harrison, Linda
Cook, Kay
Marshall, Bernie
Williamson, Lara
Journal name Early child development and care
Volume number 182
Issue number 9
Start page 1193
End page 1208
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2012-09
ISSN 0300-4430
1476-8275
Keyword(s) social and emotional wellbeing
mental health
mental health promotion
early intervention
family day care
Summary This study aimed to explore family day care (FDC) educators’ knowledge of child social and emotional wellbeing and mental health problems, the strategies used to promote children’s wellbeing, and barriers and opportunities for promoting children’s social and emotional wellbeing. Thirteen FDC educators participated in individual semi-structured interviews. FDC educators were more comfortable defining children’s social and emotional wellbeing than they were in identifying causes and early signs of mental health problems. Strategies used to promote children’s mental health were largely informal and dependent on educator skills and capacities rather than a systematic scheme-wide approach. Common barriers to mental health promotion were limited financial resources, a need for more training and hesitance raising child mental health issues with parents. There is a need to build FDC educators’ knowledge of child social and emotional wellbeing and for tailored mental health promotion strategies in FDC.
Language eng
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011 Taylor & Francis
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