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ERIC Number: ED408007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Pages: 17
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Child Care as a Cultural Task = Kinderbetreuung als kulturelle Aufgabe.
Krappmann, Lothar
This paper examines the cultural context of day care in Germany and examines the quality of child care within the wider context of child care and education, especially with regard to values defining the roles of families with young children in society. Even parents who use child care question its advantages. Seeking child care is often an exhausting and humiliating experience for parents because of lack of spaces; it is also unpleasant for the day care centers that try to balance the composition of their groups. Parents are considered to be trouble makers if they question day care practices. Problems in day care centers often result from caretaker shortages, training deficits, lack of resources, and administrative inconsiderateness. Insufficient economic means make parents unhappy and force compromises in child care quality. Children's and adults' worlds have become increasingly separate from one another; the cultural underpinnings for a family life connected to day care are missing. Although there have been efforts to form communities within child care settings, day care centers do not conform to hypothesized ideal conditions of home rearing. Those responsible for socialization of offspring are under a great deal of stress. Public subsidies should be offered to parents so they can develop infant care patterns best fitting their personal values and philosophies. (Contains 16 references.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: EnglishGerman
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Identifiers - Location: Germany