Pedagogical quality of daycare centers on the Netherlands Antilles. Current quality and comparison with quality measures of 2007
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The present study investigated the pedagogical quality of daycare centers on the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles and compared it with the quality as measured in 2007 by Van Bragt. A total of 23 daycare centers with 45 groups participated in 2010 which was compared with 19 daycare centers with 38 groups from 2007 (total of 83 groups). Every group was observed for a morning and standardized measure instruments, the ECERS-R, ECERS-E, and ORCE, were used to assess the pedagogical quality. A total of 140 parents and 137 caregivers filled in a questionnaire and there were interviews with 23 directors and 16 key persons in the Early Childhood Care and Development on the Netherlands Antilles. In total 316 persons were asked about the quality of daycare centers. The results showed that the pedagogical quality of the daycare centers was inadequate for the development of the children. The sensitivity of the caregivers was at the mediocre level. When the scores were compared with the quality of 2007 there was an improvement on the overall pedagogical quality. Also there was an improvement on ‘Space and furnishing’, ‘Language-reasoning’, ‘Activities’ and ‘Program structure’. The sensitivity of the caregivers did not improve. Results further showed that although the implementation of the High/Scope program neither was completed nor sufficient, the High/Scope program was a mediating factor between the quality of 2007 and 2010. The quality of daycare centers on the Netherlands Antilles definitely needs improvement, to give the children adequate stimulation in their development.