Women's reflections on choosing quality long day care in a regional community

Harris, Nonie (2008) Women's reflections on choosing quality long day care in a regional community. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 33 (3). pp. 42-49.

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Abstract

This article qualitatively explores women's experiences of choosing quality long day care in a regional community. The study complements recent quantitative research on the quality implications of increased for-profit childcare provision. It also adds to our understanding of current childcare policy by focusing on the experiences of women in a regional location. The women in this study associated the expansion of the corporate childcare sector with a decline in care quality and claimed that the 'market' approach to child care provision had diminished their choices. Corporate, one-size-fits-all childcare services, managed in distant capital cities, were seen to be unresponsive to the needs of their regional community. These results challenge the Federal Government's rhetoric on childcare choice and encourage policy-makers to re-examine the quality implications of a dominant corporate care sector.

Item ID: 5908
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: childcare; for-profit childcare; childcare quality
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ISSN: 0312-5033
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2010 22:44
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified @ 51%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940113 Gender and Sexualities @ 49%
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