How do children play in different kinds of child care settings? How do child care environments influence their play? How do special-needs children play in integrated and in segregated child care settings? How do adults influence play in child care environments? And what are the long term effects of children's play in child care? These are among the questions addressed by the psychologists and educators who have contributed to this book.
Researchers will find Children's Play in Child Care Settings to be a valuable review of current theory and research in this area. Practitioners will better understand the ways in which early childhood environments and early childhood educators can facilitate the play of young children in child care settings. And administrators will be able to draw upon the book in designing and implementing early childhood programs for special needs and non-special needs children.
Hillel Goelman is Associate Professor of Early Childhood and Language Education at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Goelman is the co-editor of Awakening to Literacy and co-author of The Development of Language and Literacy in the Preschool Years and The Puzzle of Day Care. Ellen Vineberg Jacobs is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Concordia University.
"This book does a nice job of pulling together an emerging body of literature that explores linkages between varying child care experiences and children's development by focusing on children's play interactions. Its real strength is that many contributors incorporate a 'broader view' by taking socio-ecological factors and family background into account when investigating these linkages. " — Craig H. Hart, Brigham Young University