JECER 4(1), 2015

Table of Contents JECER 4(1), 2015

1. Family Day Care in Germany – the gap between vision and reality

Schoyerer, G. & Weimann-Sandig, N. JECER 4(1), 2015, p. 2–21.

In Germany, family day care has dominated for a long time as a more or less informal provision of childcare. With massive legal changes in the system of Early Childhood Educa-tion and Care (ECEC) since 2006, family day care became a part of the formal ECEC system and has now the same comprehensive legal tasks of education and care. This leads both to profound changes and to challenges for the system of family day care.This report provides an overview of current developments in family day care in Germany and the perspectives of its enhancement.

2. Osallisuuspuhetta integroidussa erityisryhmässä

Syrjämäki, M. JECER 4(1), 2015, p. 22–41.

This article focuses on adult’s talk about children’s participation and the meanings formed in that discussion. Participation is here seen as a multidimensional concept, focusing on the experience of being involved and having influence. The data consists of four interviews, produced in kindergartens’ integrated special groups in the spring 2012. The methodological approach is discourse analysis, influenced by critical discourse analysis and discursive psychology, as well as a semantic model, used by Wahlström (1992).

3. Work Demands and Resources, Stress Regulation and Quality of Pedagogical Work Among Professionals in Finnish Early Childhood Education Settings

Nislin, M., Sajaniemi, N., Suhonen, E., Sims, M., Hotulainen, R., Hyttinen, S. & Hirvonen, A. JECER 4(1), 2015, p. 42–66.

This study examined early childhood professionals’ (ECPs) stress regulation and the demands and resources they encounter at work, and considered how these factors are associated with the quality of pedagogical work in daycare. The participants were 117 ECPs from 24 daycare centers in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland, with data collected using surveys, cortisol measurements, and observational assessments.