By Sarah Alexander
Paper presented at the Vth European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Seville, Spain, September 1992.
This paper reports a section of findings from a study about quality in early childhood centres in NZ.
A multiple perspective values-based approach was taken to examine the importance and relevance of criteria of quality for nine kindergartens, childcare centres and playcentres.
Centre quality was rated by head staff members and independent observers using a rating scale (The Quality Review Checklist) developed as part of the study to field-test the specificity of criteria believed in research and within social and educational policy to be important for quality.
Parent and staff views on the importance of various goals and the criteria were obtained.
This paper presents the findings and discusses the relevance of a small number of the criteria as measures of quality for different types of centres.