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"I'm a teacher, unofficially": How home-based providers perceive and navigate their roles

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Hooper, Alison;
Date Issued: April-June 2020
Description: Home-based child care is a widely used form of child care. However, little is known about the heterogeneous group of caregivers that make up the home-based provider workforce and how they view themselves and their work. This study used role theory as a framework for understanding how providers view and navigate their roles. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 29 home-based child care providers. Participants identified the roles that made up their role set, how they manage multiple roles, and the challenges they face in balancing these roles. Results suggest that participants can easily identify their multiple roles. The roles participants named aligned into three broad categories: functional, relational, and professional. Participants identified a number of strategies they use to manage roles, including finding an assistant or preparing outside child care hours, but results suggest they may benefit from more assistance in managing their multiple roles. (author abstract)
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Funder(s): United States. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Journal Title: Journal of Research in Childhood Education
Volume Number: 34
Issue Number: 2
Page Range: 223-237
Topics: Child Care & Early Education Providers/Organizations > Provider Type/Setting > Family Child Care & Early Education

Child Care & Early Education Providers/Organizations > Provider Type/Setting > Family, Friend, & Neighbor (Informal)
Country: United States
ISSN: 2150-2641 Online
0256-8543 Paper
Peer Reviewed: yes
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