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Child and Youth Care Forum

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 91–106 | Cite as

Care for children in day care centers

  • Sven Thyssen
Articles

Abstract

What needs do children aged 2 to 6 years have for care and how are these needs met? First, it is well-known from studies by Bowlby, Spitz, and others that babies need emotional communication with an adult. It appears from the present study that older children need not only this, but also attention to and interest in what they are occupied with. Secondly, different patterns of care were found. The main result was a pattern of high quality of care and a pattern of low quality of care, the main difference being the teacher's degree of attention to, interest, and engagement in the activity of the child. Finally, it was found that the joint activity and the interchange among the children had a character similar to the pattern of care in the children's day care center. These results are discussed in the context of personality development.

Keywords

Care Center School Psychology Joint Activity Personality Development Emotional Communication 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sven Thyssen
    • 1
  1. 1.Danish National Institute for Educational Research DPICopenhagen NDenmark

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