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Nannies, Migration and Early Childhood Education and CareAn International Comparison of In-Home Childcare Policy and Practice$
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Elizabeth Adamson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447330141

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447330141.001.0001

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Rhetoric and rationales for in-home childcare

Rhetoric and rationales for in-home childcare

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(p.91) Four Rhetoric and rationales for in-home childcare
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Nannies, Migration and Early Childhood Education and Care
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Elizabeth Adamson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447330141.003.0005

This chapter examines different interpretations and objectives of in-home child care in Australia, the UK and Canada, and the ways in which these diverging interpretations are reflected in the policy mechanisms of ECEC that facilitate, or do not facilitate, different forms of regulated and unregulated in-home child care. It brings together scholarship on early education and women’s workforce participation to present different reasons and rationales for government investment and spending on ECEC. National governments and advocates, and international organisations, increasingly emphasise a human capital approach to social policy. This frames ECEC around children’s ‘early learning and development’ and concerns about child poverty, which often extends to include parents’ workforce participation. The chapter is based on analysis of primary policy documents and interviews conducted with key policy stakeholders across the three countries. The final section discusses tensions and contradictions across and within countries in relation to two dichotomies.

Keywords:   child poverty, child care, workforce participation, women, human capital, social policy

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