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Childcare marketsCan they deliver an equitable service?$
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Eva Lloyd and Helen Penn

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429339

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429339.001.0001

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Childcare markets: an introduction

Childcare markets: an introduction

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Childcare markets

Eva Lloyd

Policy Press

The state's role in the provision of early childhood education and care (ECEC) services is of particular interest, since such services are closely linked to other social, educational, demographic and economic policy developments. Modern welfare states traditionally have varied in the amount of public support provided for early childhood education and care systems and in their response to economic challenges, such as the transition to post-industrialist economies and the rise of female labour market participation. Robust education systems, labour market policies which acknowledge the key contributions of women, family stability and ideas of inclusive citizenship all to an extent hinge on the provision of comprehensive and high quality early childhood education and care. This role requires states to strike a balance between serving the interests of parents and the wider family, of children and of the state itself. But negotiating the intersections between these policy interests is often conflictual. One particular option for addressing these policy conundrums is the promotion of a market-based approach to the provision of early childhood education and care. This chapter introduces historical and contemporary perspectives on childcare markets and provides an overview of the book's structure and chapter contents.

Keywords:   Childcare markets, Modern welfare states, Post-industrialist economies, Policy conundrums, Historical perspectives, Contemporary perspectives, Structure overview

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