We're Not Robots: The Voices of Daycare Providers (SUNY series, Early Childhood Education: Inquiries and Insights)

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Raises provocative questions about how we care for infants and toddlers, and how to provide education and support for their caregivers.

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This fascinating book presents the stories of infant/toddler caregivers and their work to illustrate the complexity of balancing relationships with babies, families, coworkers, and self, yet remaining emotionally present and mindfully engaged. Enid Elliot explores the inevitable tensions of working within these various relationships and demonstrates how proficient caregivers can develop strategies for achieving this delicate balance. In the process, she raises provocative questions about how we care for babies, and how to provide education and support for their caregivers.

"We're Not Robots is a wake-up call. Caregivers with the understanding, knowledge, and skills Elliot describes are the exception at present, not the norm ... As a society we need to be sure that all infants and toddlers who spend their days in out-of-home environments have the quality of care that this book shows is possible." -- from the Foreword by Janet Gonzalez-Mena

"All too often the voices of early childhood caregivers are silenced, while the voices of `experts' are privileged. This text joins a small but growing body of literature that seeks to challenge the inequitable ways that caregivers are positioned within relationships of power and knowledge." -- Sue Novinger, State University of New York at Brockport

"The author combines interdisciplinary scholarship with years of thoughtful experience in the field to create an engaging examination of many issues currently challenging and rewarding infant/toddler caregivers. Elliot's interpretations of the caregivers' interview responses are exceptional because she is able to relate them to her own experiences, current thinking, and past research. This book is a lovely combination of narrative and theoretical research." -- Carla Poole, Bank Street College of Education

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Enid Elliot is an independent scholar who received her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. She has extensive experience as a daycare provider in Turkey, the United States, and Canada.

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