Original Research Paper
Brooke’s Day: One Child’s Experience in an Early Childcare and Education Centre in New Zealand
By Cynthia Margaret Prince
Eastern Institute of Technology, Napier
Prince, C. M. (2012). Brooke’s day: One child’s experience in an early childcare and education centre in New Zealand. NZ Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 15, 120-131. Retrieved from http://www.childforum.com/research/2012-nzrece-journal-articles/889-childs-experience-early-childcare-education-centre-new-zealand.html
What is a child’s everyday experience of attending a fulltime early childhood education and care centre? This case study focuses upon one child’s experience within a centre in New Zealand and proposes that meaningful learning can occur when a child attends an early childcare programme. The methods used to gather data were videotaping, an observation of the child over the duration of one day, photo-elicitation and a semi-structured interview. Aspects of process, play, programme, environment, and interactions were examined. The rights of the child were examined and meaningful links were made with the national curriculum Te Whāriki (Ministry of Education, 1996). A socio-cultural approach provided the theoretical underpinning of the overall analysis. The findings provide a unique glimpse into one child’s daily experience in a childcare setting. Through centre examples it highlights a child’s rights to education and care and illustrates the principles of Te Whāriki in action through the learning experiences offered at the centre.
Key words: Childcare, child experience, curriculum, learning, child rights.
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