Well-Being of Children in flexibilized Day Care

Ethnographic study of children's well-being in daycare & kindergarten during off-peak care.

Background and Content

The flexibilization of the labor market requires new, atypical care arrangements to ensure the compatibility of work and family. More and more children are being cared for at so-called marginal times. The design of flexible care poses new challenges for parents, pedagogical professionals and the children. How children experience these flexible care structures and which indicators promote well-being is the central question that will be investigated in this project.

Project Goal

Within the framework of the project, the well-being of children in flexible offers of institutional day care is to be surveyed.
The aim is to identify factors that promote the subjective well-being of children.

Project Flow

The ethnographic study focuses on the children's perspective on flexible childcare services. For this purpose, participant observations as well as ethnographic interviews with children, pedagogical staff and parents will be conducted. In addition, the well-being of children will be assessed using a standardized instrument.


The ethnographic study design enables the children to make their perspective on their everyday life in the day care centers visible. The indicators for children's well-being can also be used for the quality development of pedagogical offers.

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