Childcare, Choice, and Class Practices by Carol Vincent

By Carol Vincent

Childcare is a subject that's usually within the media highlight and maintains to spark heated debate within the united kingdom and around the globe. This booklet provides an in-depth learn of childcare coverage and perform, reading center classification mom and dad’ selection of childcare in the wider contexts of social type and sophistication fractions, social replica, gendered duties and conceptions of ‘good’ parenting. Drawing at the result of a qualitative empirical examine of 2 teams of heart category mom and dad residing in London localities, this e-book: takes under consideration key theoretical frameworks in childcare coverage, environment them in broader social, political and financial contexts considers the improvement of the united kingdom government’s childcare process from its beginning in 1998 to the current day highlights the serious debates surrounding center category households and their selection of childcare explores mom and dad’ studies of childcare and their relationships with carers. this significant examine involves a couple of thought-provoking conclusions and gives invaluable insights right into a advanced topic. it's crucial interpreting for all these operating in or learning early years provision and coverage to boot as students of sociology, type, gender and paintings.

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I have been involved in studies of secondary school, FE and HE choice with both working-class and middle-class families. I have been interviewing parents and young people about such choices almost continuously since 1991. I came to this study then with the benefit and limitations of those experiences. 2 None of this could be erased from my head when thinking about this project. On the other hand, not having children of my own meant that this was my first meaningful encounter with issues of childcare.

Ball and Charles (2003) make a similar point. In their paper analysing policy discourses around childcare in Wales, they identify the dominance of a ‘role equity discourse’ which couples childcare with paid work, thereby resonating with a liberal discourse of equal opportunities and economic efficiency, aiming to allow women to operate in the workplace on equal terms with men (Ball and Charles 2003; Marchbank 2000). Duncan and colleagues argue that most families do not, indeed can not, share this view of themselves as purely actors in the labour market, a stance they term the ‘adult worker model’.

80. 30. 8 As the number of nurseries has nearly doubled in the last five years, the need for new staff is intense. Private providers are concerned that their senior staff members are being attracted away by the higher salaries on offer in the newly expanding state sector. Sure Start estimates that between 175,000–180,000 new staff are needed between 2003–6. Concerns have also been raised about the levels to which staff are trained and the need to professionalize the childcare workforce. ’9 She draws attention to New Zealand where the government has recently embarked on its own ten-year plan to improve the quality of its childcare provision, by setting a target of 100 per cent teachertrained workforce by 2012 (Harker 2004).

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