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The effects of specialized training on caregivers and children in early-years settings: an evaluation of the foundation course in playgroup practice

Rhodes, Sinéad M. and Hennessy, Eilis (2000) The effects of specialized training on caregivers and children in early-years settings: an evaluation of the foundation course in playgroup practice. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 15 (4). pp. 559-576. ISSN 0885-2006

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Abstract

This study examined the effects of a 120-hour preschool training course on caregivers' behavior and children's development in early-years settings. Sixteen caregivers attending this training course and 17 comparison caregivers were assessed on a measure of caregiver sensitivity in the child-care centers in which they were employed. Sixty-eight children, two from each center, were assessed for social and cognitive competence. Both the training and comparison caregivers and children were observed before and after the former group attended the training course. Caregivers who received training made significant gains in positive relationship and decreased in levels of detachment. The children in their care made significant gains in complex social and cognitive play from pre- to post-training. The comparison group adults and children showed no significant improvements from pre- to post-test times.