Perception on child development among carers in pre-schools in Ibadan, Nigeria


Tolani Victoria Olaoye
Celestina Adebimpe Ojo
Makanju Dehinde Awogbenja
Peace Osabo


Introduction: Studies have shown that the early years of a child is an important period of development that will have a long-term impact on his/her psychological well-being. Key roles of carers is to provide a caring, safe, stimulating, inclusive environment for infants and toddlers.

Purpose: The study sought to examine the perception on child development among carers in pre-schools.

Methodology: A qualitative research design was adopted for the study. A total of 12 key informant’s pre-school teachers (Carers) were purposively selected from six schools. Two (2) instruments were used: the first instrument was titled; Socio-demographic Questionnaire: obtained information of research participants such as, gender, year of experience, relationship status; and the second one was titled: key Informants’ interview guide which consisted of a minimum of 12 items (open-ended questions) developed by the researcher to obtain information from the respondents. The interview guide was subjected to face validity.

Results: The interviewees were all female pre-school teachers/carer. This study revealed that majority of the carers perceived child development as a process that starts from conception to adolescence. Practices that were generally believed as a way to foster child development included, discipline, conducive learning environment, encouraging the child (both as parents and teachers), good nutrition.

Conclusion and recommendation: Carers play a prominent role in the development of a child; it calls for attention both at the societal and individual levels. It was recommended that quality investment should be done by allocating resources for training change agents be they parents, teachers or health workers among others


How to Cite
Olaoye, T. V., Ojo, C. A., Awogbenja, M. D., & Osabo, P. (2024). Perception on child development among carers in pre-schools in Ibadan, Nigeria. Journal of Educational Research in Developing Areas, 5(1), 1-18.


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