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BORGES, Lucivanda Cavalcante; VASCONCELOS, Dalila Castelliano de  and  SALOMAO, Nádia Maria Ribeiro. Daycare center in the non-urban context: an approach with educators. Psico (Porto Alegre) [online]. 2016, vol.47, n.3, pp. 238-247. ISSN 1980-8623.

Daycare centers play an increasingly relevant part where family dynamics and infant development are concerned. These childhood-assistance services, as social and cultural constructions, are also developed as from conceptions built up by each society for infants. In this research, we investigated the educators’ conceptions about non-urban daycare centers in relation to infant development. As many as 21 educators, all of whom from non-urban daycare centers in the countryside of the state of Pernambuco, took part in the study. Out of a semi-structured interview, results indicated that meeting the basic needs of a child and stimulating their development turns out as the target to be achieved by daycare centers. As for the educator’s part, the participants highlighted stimulus to development, affection, and discipline as sought-after issues. These outcomes point to the importance of the educators’ formation and a higher recognition of their professional role, as conceived non urban context characteristics.

Keywords : Daycare center; Educator; Non-urban context.

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