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Coming to careThe work and family lives of workers caring for vulnerable children$
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Julia Brannen

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348500

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348500.001.0001

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Managing care work and family life

Managing care work and family life

(p.177) Nine Managing care work and family life
Coming to care

Julia Brannen

June Statham

Ann Mooney

Michaela Brockmann

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This chapter explores childcare workers' work–family practices and draws upon three sets of data. First, drawing upon the interviews with managers, it outlines work–family policies and practices in the local authorities upon which the study focused. Second, drawing upon data from the Postal Survey, the chapter compares the responses of the four types of childcare workers to direct questions about the effects of care work on family life and about the effects of family life on care work. Third, it draws upon the biographical interviews in order to understand how, at the micro level, individual care workers of different kinds negotiated their work–family lives and the nature of the issues they confronted.

Keywords:   childcare workers, work–family policies, care work, biographical interviews, surveys

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