Hearing Parents' Voices: linking parents, communities and childcare policy

Harris, Nonie, and Tinning, Beth (2009) Hearing Parents' Voices: linking parents, communities and childcare policy. In: Social work: From Scientism to Sophism - the Ethics of Evidence and the Evidence of Ethics, pp. 1-9. From: Social work: From Scientism to Sophism - the Ethics of Evidence and the Evidence of Ethics, 5-8 November 2009, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

The intention of this paper is to contribute to the child care policy dialogue at this time of Significant policy opportunity. The research presented in this paper aimed to explore parents' experiences of locating and using long day care in northern regional Australia. The findings are drawn from 80 qualitative in-depth interviews conducted in Darwin, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville. Governments have and do maintain that a market driven child care sector will ensure that centres are established where parents need them and provide quality care at a price parents can afford. The parents in this study challenged this' market rules' certainty. Their experiences were of an unresponsive child care landscape that was shaped by the history and economy of their communities rather than their need for quality child care options. This study emphasises the important role of research in connecting community voices to the process of social policy formulation.

Item ID: 10522
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: social policy; child care
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Date Deposited: 05 May 2010 01:48
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160703 Social Program Evaluation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 60%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940106 Citizenship and National Identity @ 40%
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