Exploring children’s well-being in daycare: how do children feel all day?

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Abstract

In an exploratory, intensive case study, we investigated the well-being of young children (0–4 years) with a time-sampling design. The total sample included 940 individual observations for 30 children during four consecutive weeks. Data collection involved external coding of videotaped episodes and caregiver- and parent-reported measures. Well-being was, on average, neutral for most children, but fluctuated significantly throughout the day. The level of well-being was higher during free play and caregiver-led activities, compared to lunch/snack and transitions during the program. Conflicts with other children were related to lower levels of well-being. Elder children had higher levels of well-being. We discuss implications for future research and practice to increase children’s well-being in early childhood education and care.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean early childhood education research journal
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

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