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Published on Oct 15, 2007
A presentation of 10 tips that aid in providing culturally sensitive care in a child care setting. Research data has confirmed that the child care provider is one of the most important elements in quality child care. According to Galinsky and Phillips (1988) childcare providers need to be warm and caring, and be attentive to and respectful of children's individual needs. Providers need to be culturally sensitive and accepting of differences in ethnic backgrounds and customs. The provider should discipline children in positive ways, teaching social skills, instead of blaming, criticizing, or punishing. Children need child care providers who will speak to them and actively encourage them to respond. Vandell, Henderson and Wilson (1988) affirm that "children in better quality programs had more positive interactions with their teachers (caregivers), while children in poor quality programs spent more time in unoccupied behavior and in solitary play (p. 1287)." Phillips, McCartney and Scarr (1987) support this theory, stating that one of the real indicators of quality affecting children's social development is the caregiver and the verbal interactions the caregiver shares with the child.