dos Santos, Paula Fernanda Brandão Batista; dos Santos, Ana Dulce Batista; de Macedo, Isabelle Pinheiro; Monteiro, Akemi Iwata
March 2011
Journal of Nursing UFPE / Revista de Enfermagem UFPE;Mar2011, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p228
Academic Journal
Objectives: to characterize the physical and operational structures of day-care centers in the city of Natal; and to analyze their implications in child nursing care and health promotion. Methodology: this is about a descriptive-exploratory study, from quantitative approach, in 16 institutions that offer day-care center services in the western side of Natal-RN. The data collection was done by using a checklist form to interview responsible employee of the day-care center. The data was submitted to analysis by simple descriptive statistics. The study was approved by the Ethics Committee in Research under number 114/2008/54 of the University Federal of Rio Grande do Norte. Results: small and large size institutions that had shown deficient infrastructure, lack of human and material resources to deal with the children in their daily care routines were analyzed. This type of structure affects child health and optimal child development since it does not allow the development of educative and health care actions. Conclusion: the identified conditions imply a higher vulnerability of children at situations that can result health problems. Thus, it is appropriate to focus attention on this public through actions along with health services. The professionals, especially the nurses, can act in the planning, implementation and evaluation of these services in order to prevent the prevalent diseases, as well as to improve child health and educational conditions. Descriptors: child day care centers; child care; health promotion.


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