We're Not Robots: The Voices of Daycare Providers

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SUNY Press, 2007 - Education - 199 pages
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This fascinating book presents the stories of infant/toddler caregivers and their work to illustrate the complexity of balancing relationships with babies, families, coworkers, and self, yet remaining emotionally present and mindfully engaged. Enid Elliot explores the inevitable tensions of working within these various relationships and demonstrates how proficient caregivers can develop strategies for achieving this delicate balance. In the process, she raises provocative questions about how we care for babies, and how to provide education and support for their caregivers.
 

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Contents

Relationship with a Baby
1
The Pull to Attach
13
Caring for Attachment
29
The Public Story of Caregiving
41
Practitioner to Researcher Telling Stories
51
Responsive Caregiving
71
Hearing from the Caregivers
101
Places of Difficulty
119
Supportive Contexts
137
Conclusion
151
Notes
169
Works Cited
171
Index
191
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About the author (2007)

Enid Elliot is an independent scholar who received her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. She has extensive experience as a daycare provider in Turkey, the United States, and Canada.