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Levels of well-being and involvement of young children in centre-based provision in

Bart Declercq
South African Journal of Childhood Education | Vol 1, No 2 | a85 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajce.v1i2.85 | © 2011 Bart Declercq | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 May 2014 | Published: 31 December 2011

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Bart Declercq, Department of Public health

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This article reports on a study that examined the levels of young children’s wellbeing and involvement in centre-based provision (birth to five years) at child, group and setting level1 in Free State, South Africa. The study was funded by the Flemish
Department of Education and was executed in collaboration with the Free State Department of Education and the University of Free State. Nineteen settings were included in the study. The average setting was registered for 121 children (with ratio’s
varying from 30 to 326 children registered). Foundation Phase students from the 2nd and 3rd year of study at the University of Free State collected data through observation tools designed by the Centre for Experiential Education at Leuven University, Belgium. The core instrument uses the Leuven scales for well-being and involvement. Results of the study indicate that overall scores for well-being and involvement are low, but also that there are huge differences between different groups and settings. Thus, indicating that early childhood education in centre-based provision makes a difference.


well-being, involvement, early childhood, South African Childhood


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