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How do the images of childhood affect attitudes towards childcare? How have these images influenced childcare practices in Singapore? Discuss.

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Introduction

QUESTION: How do the images of childhood affect attitudes towards childcare? How have these images influenced childcare practices in Singapore? Discuss. Without a doubt, pre-conceptual images of childhood do affect our attitudes towards childcare, as to how and the extent of impact these images may have will be what I shall be discussing later. Indeed such influences have and will continue to affect the way we treat or look at children, however not neglecting other important factors that comes into consideration, like environment, culture, race and even modern technologies, as they too shall define the way we live our lives, hence affecting our attitudes towards child care. Thus, I have categorized them into the four main images and will try to explore the effects that each one of them has and how they have contributed towards our outlook and approach with regards to childcare. The four main images are the miniature adult, the sinner, the child as property and the schooled child. (Book 1, Chapter 1, pp 6-10). Subsequently I shall discuss the four common childcare practices or child care methods prevalent in Singapore and how those images have influenced our child care practices here . Hence I have circled them down to the 4 most common child care methods practiced here in Singapore namely, the child care centres, Grandparents, Parents and maids. ...read more.

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This was partially brought about by the second world war,and with the establishment of half-time schools, when school or education gained importance over work. School then became central to the images of childhood, this is done mainly by segregating children from the adult world of work. Next, we take a look at the four most common childcare practices as mentioned above, here in Singapore and the extent of influence the images may have on such practices; Child care centre With some more than 600 child care centres in Singapore, according to statistics, (http://www.contactsingapore.org.sg/moving_care_childcare.shtml) .It is evident that this methology of child care has great significance as child care centres has grown not only in terms of numbers but as well as areas of specializations. As we trace back to the images of "The schooled child", how going to schools and education was viewed as instrumental in child development, such humble beginnings have led to the current upward trend of the significance of our education system here in Singapore. Due economic and lifestyle factors of parents nowsadays, it is a common observation to see both parents committing to work to order to enjoy a better or more affluent lifestyle, hence resulting in reduced time to be spent with children. This is where and how child care centres gained its' place in Singapore. Under the influence of the Piagetian theory, ( Book 1, Chapter 1, pp 46-48, Prajna das Gupta ) ...read more.

Conclusion

Undeniably, be it qualitative or quantitative developments, different cultural and social economic environment do affect all these theories and images of child development. As our interest become more and more significant in this subject, we do have to bear in mind that humans are constantly changing and re-shaping to adapt to the world we live in. Evidently this changes will and have affected how we as adults define and explore the different images and theories of child development. This discussion has shown development and theories that came with it, happened over centuries and many decades, I dare say that there's more to learn as we adults constantly evolve and hence unknowingly affect our attitudes towards child care in general. Here in Singapore, we can see how children of today are better educated in terms of academic achievements as compared to the past. All these changes or developments have been brought about by the images pre-determined by famous psychologist in some way or another. Be it whether a child is looked after by Grandparents, child care centres, maids or by parents themselves, we would all like to think it is for a good reason, to bring up smarter kids, to be more educated, to be more affluent in society, but nevertheless it is important to remember that a human brain may be the hardest to understand or to crack, what more a child's brain. ...read more.

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