The pattern, frequency and suitability of informal day care provision for pre-school children in Khayelitsha

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Cohen, Morris en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Lines, Linda Rosalind en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-08T06:55:42Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-08T06:55:42Z
dc.date.issued 1986 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Lines, L. 1986. The pattern, frequency and suitability of informal day care provision for pre-school children in Khayelitsha. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15666
dc.description Bibliography: leaves 265-271. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The study was designed to investigate the structure and function of informal day care provision for pre-school children in Khayelitsha, but the inquiry succeeded in generating information beyond the original assignment. Data was gathered from interviews with active in the day care field and from local agencies meetings with residents in Khayelitsha, as well as from a field study carried out in Khayelitsha. A review of international and local literature was also undertaken. A brief history of black settlement in the Western Cape and an examination of their socio-cultural environment provided the necessary backdrop for the study. The field study involved systematic selection of 200 houses in Khayelitsha. Respondents completed a questionnaire administered by the investigator. The questionnaire furnished information on the use of day care and produced a profile of day carers and the services they offered. A similar questionnaire was used to collect information from the pre-school centre. Analysis of the data revealed that child rearing practices differed from those of technologically advanced societies, but they were not deficient! The findings demonstrated that parents preferred day care in the home setting to that of the school setting. The pattern of day care services accentuates the importance of mutual aid and kinship and social networks in the community. Day care arrangements tended to be stable and were provided predominantly by relatives, friends and neighbours. The frequency with which day care services were required, corresponded to the work commitments of the parents, and usually involved overnight care. The pre-school centre operated during the weekdays from 7.30 am to 4.30 pm, with after-school care frequently undertaken by older siblings. The findings reveal that day carers function as surrogate mothers and incorporate the children into their families. The data collected with regard to suitability of the service offered, relates to physical needs, emotional needs, discipline and promoting readiness for the future, and emphasizes the universal poverty that abounds in the area, but simultaneously highlights the importance of traditions and the resourcefulness of the people in transcending the culture of poverty and providing an enriching environment for the children. The recommendations draw attention to the need for finance, training and supportive services, but recognises the justified resistance of the community to initiatives from the State. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Social service en_ZA
dc.subject.other Day care centers - South Africa - Khayelitsha en_ZA
dc.title The pattern, frequency and suitability of informal day care provision for pre-school children in Khayelitsha en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Social Development en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Lines, L. R. (1986). <i>The pattern, frequency and suitability of informal day care provision for pre-school children in Khayelitsha</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15666 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Lines, Linda Rosalind. <i>"The pattern, frequency and suitability of informal day care provision for pre-school children in Khayelitsha."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 1986. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15666 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Lines LR. The pattern, frequency and suitability of informal day care provision for pre-school children in Khayelitsha. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 1986 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15666 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Lines, Linda Rosalind AB - The study was designed to investigate the structure and function of informal day care provision for pre-school children in Khayelitsha, but the inquiry succeeded in generating information beyond the original assignment. Data was gathered from interviews with active in the day care field and from local agencies meetings with residents in Khayelitsha, as well as from a field study carried out in Khayelitsha. A review of international and local literature was also undertaken. A brief history of black settlement in the Western Cape and an examination of their socio-cultural environment provided the necessary backdrop for the study. The field study involved systematic selection of 200 houses in Khayelitsha. Respondents completed a questionnaire administered by the investigator. The questionnaire furnished information on the use of day care and produced a profile of day carers and the services they offered. A similar questionnaire was used to collect information from the pre-school centre. Analysis of the data revealed that child rearing practices differed from those of technologically advanced societies, but they were not deficient! The findings demonstrated that parents preferred day care in the home setting to that of the school setting. The pattern of day care services accentuates the importance of mutual aid and kinship and social networks in the community. Day care arrangements tended to be stable and were provided predominantly by relatives, friends and neighbours. The frequency with which day care services were required, corresponded to the work commitments of the parents, and usually involved overnight care. The pre-school centre operated during the weekdays from 7.30 am to 4.30 pm, with after-school care frequently undertaken by older siblings. The findings reveal that day carers function as surrogate mothers and incorporate the children into their families. The data collected with regard to suitability of the service offered, relates to physical needs, emotional needs, discipline and promoting readiness for the future, and emphasizes the universal poverty that abounds in the area, but simultaneously highlights the importance of traditions and the resourcefulness of the people in transcending the culture of poverty and providing an enriching environment for the children. The recommendations draw attention to the need for finance, training and supportive services, but recognises the justified resistance of the community to initiatives from the State. DA - 1986 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1986 T1 - The pattern, frequency and suitability of informal day care provision for pre-school children in Khayelitsha TI - The pattern, frequency and suitability of informal day care provision for pre-school children in Khayelitsha UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15666 ER - en_ZA


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