This study examined the effects of a newly developed on-site consultancy programme to improve global quality of the child care environment in non-parental child care centres for 0- to 4-year-old children as measured with the ITERS-R/ECERS-R. Using a randomised controlled trial with a pretest, posttest, and follow-up test, we compared 35 experimental group with 33 control group. The consultancy programme comprised three consultations in total. Analysis on the items that were specifically targeted during the consultancy showed a significant improvement on these targeted items between pretest and posttest and between posttest and follow-up. The effect of the consultancy programme on the total scores (including the non-targeted items) was not significant.

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Keywords Centre-based child care, consultancy, ECERS-R, global quality of the child care environment, ITERS-R, randomised controlled trial
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/09669760.2017.1321528, hdl.handle.net/1765/108482
Journal International Journal of Early Years Education
Citation
Helmerhorst, K.O.W, Fukkink, R.G. (Ruben G.), Riksen-Walraven, J.M.A. (J. Marianne A.), Gevers Deynoot-Schaub, M.J.J.M. (Mirjam J. J. M.), & Tavecchio, L.W.C. (Louis W. C.). (2017). Improving quality of the child care environment through a consultancy programme for centre directors. International Journal of Early Years Education, 25(4), 361–378. doi:10.1080/09669760.2017.1321528