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The everyday experiences of early childhood caregivers: Challenges in an under-resourced community

Adri Vorster, Ashleigh Sacks, Zaytoon Amod, Joseph Seabi, Anwynne Kern
South African Journal of Childhood Education | Vol 6, No 1 | a257 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajce.v6i1.257 | © 2016 Adri Vorster, Ashleigh Sacks, Zaytoon Amod, Joseph Seabi, Anwynne Kern | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 March 2015 | Published: 24 June 2016

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Adri Vorster, School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Ashleigh Sacks, School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Zaytoon Amod, School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Joseph Seabi, School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Anwynne Kern, School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


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Abstract

One factor that has been identified to enhance the early development of children is the care provided by caregivers outside the home environment. However, little research has been done in this regard in South Africa, where a significant number of children receive care outside their home environment. The current research study subsequently focused on the experiences of caregivers who work with young children in an under-resourced community. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and revealed the following themes: the responsibility of being a role model; ECD is a place; and challenges for all. Overall, the participants in this sample yielded valuable information that contributes not only to our understanding of the experiences of caregivers in under-resourced communities but the information that also described how some contextual factors could arguably influence the type of care given to young children.

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Early childhood development (ECD), caregivers, under-resourced community

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