La Guarderia: A Community of Care
Topacio, Aimee J.
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For my Integrative Cultural Research Project, I worked at a day care center which held children for ages six months to four-years-old. My primary role at the center was as an observer because my goal ofworking at the center is to have a firmer understanding of how children and adults interact with each other and its effectiveness in the Spanish culture. 1 wanted to see if the workers interacted with the children in a particular way and see how the children would respond to this type ofinteraction. Furthermore, I also wanted to see if the type of environment that is seen in the day care center can be observed in the greater culture of Spain. However, I did try to interact with them without breaking their normal routine. I did not have any specific responsibilities such as feeding or changing them due to the fact that I am not an actual employee of the center and am not held responsible for the children. Therefore, I integrated myself into the center and with the children by participating in certain activities such as talking to them, asking them questions, teaching them colors and counting, reading them stories, or simply participating in play activities such as running around or playing "house". I also tried to help the employees at the center with certain tasks such as gathering the children together, responding to them, and tidying the center.