UBC Graduate Research

Supporting Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families Transition from Home to Group Child Care Lee, Min Hee (Minnie)


Recent social changes, such as an increase in female participation in the workforce and various non-traditional family compositions have resulted in a greater demand for group child care for infants and toddlers. These trends have rapidly developed in Canada, and this raises the question as to how early childhood educators can provide quality care for this group of young children. The goal of this project is to highlight the importance of successful and positive transitions from home to group child care for infants, toddlers, and their families. Two theoretical perspectives frame this project: Attachment theory (Bowlby, 1969) and Social Ecological Systems theory (Bronfenbrenner, 1979). In this project, I review the literature on the transition process that infants, toddlers, and their families experience from home to group child care. I also provide early childhood educators and child care program managers with suggestions on how transitions to group child care for infants, toddlers, and their families can positively occur. These suggestions draw from both the literature and my own experiences with young children and their families.

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