Grandparents as educators and carers in China

Nyland, B, Zeng, X, Nyland, C and Tran, L 2009, 'Grandparents as educators and carers in China', Journal of Early Childhood Research, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 46-57.


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Title Grandparents as educators and carers in China
Author(s) Nyland, B
Zeng, X
Nyland, C
Tran, L
Year 2009
Journal name Journal of Early Childhood Research
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 46
End page 57
Total pages 12
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract Many grandparents play a significant role as educators and carers of children in the preschool years. Recently, this role has become the focus of much early childhood research as challenges facing grandparent carers and grandparent-headed households increasingly become an economic and social issue. Using survey data from China we explore the role of grandparents who have a primary care responsibility for a young child and discuss this contribution to the family in relation to quality of care and education. We argue that grandparents play a significant role in terms of home education of the young, workforce support for young parents, cultural identity within families and community capacity building. Grandparents are therefore deserving of more sustained attention from policy makers and educators when considering the young child's developmental environment.
Subject Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Keyword(s) China
Early education
Grandparents
Young children
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1476718X08098353
Copyright notice © 2009 SAGE Publications.
ISSN 1476-718X
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