“Primary Caregiving And Burning The Rosters”

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Raewyne Bary (EdD) about primary caregiving and burning the rosters. Raewyne lead the team at Massey University Childcare Centre in New Zealand many years ago, through shifting their practice from roster based care to a system of primary caregiving. This was HUGELY trail blazing at the time! And the practices that this team developed are still influential in ECE today as many other ECE centers continue to look at developing similar practices. 
Raeywne completed her Doctoral research in 2018. Her thesis is titled “Personal, interpersonal and organisational factors that enable or constrain the development of attachment-type relationships between infants, toddlers and their teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand early childhood settings : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education at Massey University, Manawatū, New Zealand.” 
There is so much for early childhood professionals to learn from her research. If you would like to read Raewyne’s thesis it can be found here.
In this recorded interview with Raewyne, we talk about:
  • How the team at Massey University Childcare implemented a primary caregiving system. And how they overcame the barriers to this.
  • The benefits this team observed in primary caregiving for children.
  • The main shifts in teacher practice when moving from rostered care to primary caregiving. BURNING THE ROSTERS.
  • What does this mean? What are the barriers and how can we overcome them?

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