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Building the capacity of family day care educators to promote children’s social and emotional wellbeing: Results of an exploratory cluster randomised-controlled trial

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posted on 01.01.2015, 00:00 authored by E Davis, K M Gilson, R Christian, E Waters, A Mackinnon, H Herrman, M Sims, L Harrison, K Cook, Cathy Mihalopoulos, Bernie MarshallBernie Marshall, Anna Flego, L Corr
© 2015 Early Childhood Australia Inc. All rights reserved. THIS PAPER PRESENTS THE results of an exploratory cluster randomised-controlled trial that was used to pilot Thrive, a capacity-building program for family day care (FDC) educators. Participants were educators and coordinators from one FDC service in Melbourne, Australia. Data collection consisted of a survey including information on costs, an in-home quality of care observation and process evaluation. Data was collected over 12 months (2011–2012), at baseline and one, six and 12 months post-intervention. Positive caregiver interaction scores increased over time for the intervention group: F (3, 51.69) = 3.08, p < 0.05, and detached interaction scores decreased over time: F (3, 51.19) = 2.78, p < 0.05. Educators’ knowledge and confidence in children’s social and emotional wellbeing showed no significant change. Thrive gives important information about the challenges FDC educators face and is relevant to implementing changes in their education and support. For a program like Thrive to be successful in engaging educators, a stronger framework for supporting additional learning activities at both the FDC organisational and scheme level is warranted.

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Journal

Australasian journal of early childhood

Volume

40

Issue

2

Pagination

57 - 67

Publisher

Early Childhood Australia Inc.

Location

Watson, ACT

ISSN

1836-9391

eISSN

1839-5961

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2015, Early Childhood Australia Inc.

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