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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 Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447330141.001.0001

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Cultures of in-home childcare

Cultures of in-home childcare

Chapter:
(p.135) Six Cultures of in-home childcare
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Nannies, Migration and Early Childhood Education and Care
Author(s):

Elizabeth Adamson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447330141.003.0007

This chapter brings together discussions from earlier chapters to understand the dynamic of these distinct care cultures. It considers the embedded norms and assumptions about the objectives of and responsibility for ECEC, and the role of migration policy in facilitating childcare in the home. The distinctive cultures of care are linked to the histories of childcare policy, policy systems and practices, rhetoric and rationales for different forms of ECEC, and the reinforcement of inequalities in the provision of in-home childcare. This chapter draws on policy debates about inequality in order to identify discourses that reflect distinct cultural ideas about the provision of in-home childcare. In each of the study countries, the ‘problem’ of in-home childcare is represented in different ways in policy debate and discourse. The policy debates revolve primarily around the three inequalities explored in the previous chapter: gender, class/income and race/migration.

Keywords:   care cultures, inequalities, childcare policy, migration policy, in-home childcare

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