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Australian public policyProgressive ideas in the neo-liberal ascendency$
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Chris Miller and Lionel Orchard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312673.001.0001

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The business of care: Australia’s experiment with the marketisation of childcare

The business of care: Australia’s experiment with the marketisation of childcare

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(p.151) Nine The business of care: Australia’s experiment with the marketisation of childcare
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Australian public policy
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Deborah Brennan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447312673.003.0009

Examines the shift in Australia from a non-profit childcare sector to one that is heavily marketised. It considers the impact of this shift on the broader social purposes of childcare and the tensions between official claims of social investment versus the reality of system that is driven by private investment and profit. It looks at the nature of early care and educational provision, the level of expenditure and trends in maternal labour force participation. The chapter goes on to examine the shift from community based childcare provision to the development of stock market listed childcare providers, tracing the growth of ABC Learning. Finally it examines the efforts of Labor Governments to implement a human capital framework for ECEC through the regulation of quality standards.

Keywords:   marketised childcare, private investment, maternal labour force, human capital framework, ECEC

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