Distinctive Quality in Family Day Care Research: Case studies

Project Status: Archive
People Involved: Deb Brennan, Elizabeth Adamson, Megan Blaxland, Natasha Cortis
Research Areas: Care; Policy Design, Impact & Evaluation; Families & Communities
Funding Agency: Family Day Care Australia

Each week, over 80,000 Australian children spend time in family day care, supported by an extensive network of educators and coordination units. The family day care sector is experiencing a period of profound challenge and change. In this context, the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) was commissioned by Family Day Care Australia to conduct research into quality in family day care. The research reveals a wide range of strategies to foster high quality family day care. Often this meant starting with high expectations: highly qualified and experienced educators and coordination unit staff, structured ongoing organisational and professional development, and a commitment to regulatory compliance. The services embraced innovation among the coordination unit staff and the educators, and recognised the diversity of circumstances and needs among children and families.


Publications

Perspectives on quality in Australian family day care - Final report (PDF) [2 Mb]


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