Observation of Young Infants During Day Care

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Location: Sunny Days Day Care

This day care center is a good base for study in this field. Unlike most other day care centers, this center is Spanish speaking but is not exclusive to infants of Spanish origin or background. The center is open to infants of all ethnic backgrounds and the purpose is to teach a second language at an early age when it is easiest to pick up.

The Nurse to infant ratio is: 2:6

The children can attend between the hours of 9.30 and 18.00

Breakfast, lunch and tea provided along with fruit time

Subjects

Child A (of English background)

Child B (of English Background)

Child C (of Spanish Background)

Child D (of Spanish Background)

Child E (of other background)

The Teacher explained to me that from her experience it usually takes

around one year and sixth months for a young child to become fluent.

Child A:

The teacher spoke to him in Spanish and then repeated what she had

said in English- in order to aid the understanding and learning

process for the subject, this method seemed beneficial as the infant

responded and appeared to have a good level of comprehension.

Occasionally engaged only in solitary play although not isolated

Child B:

Had a very short attention span and varied her play continuously

although this probably had no link with her learning skills it was

noticeable that she did not pick up Spanish as fast as the other

children, but this is most likely just an individual trait.

Child C:

In contrast to the first two subjects, this infant only spoke Spanish

on his arrival to the day care centre but he soon learnt English the

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particularly picked up on Spanish quickly and were able to communicate

with no problems differentiating between the two languages.

My main worry was that there would be a strong segregation between the

mother tongued English and Spanish children again I was proved wrong

because the children all interacted affectionately with one another

and their differing background cause no problems this is what I

actually think makes the day care work so well; the variation of

children in attendance as they all learn from one another and are

enriched by this.

I conclude that the most important factor in day care is the sheer

quality of it, the centre I visited was of an exceedingly high

standard but one must remember not all day care is and the adjustment

and suitability to day care is individual to each and every child.
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