ERIC Number: ED412014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Kop- och saljsystem inom barnomsorgen: Konsekvenser for Personal, Foraldrar och barn (A New Charging System in Child Care: Consequences for Personnel, Parents, and Children).
Ekholm, Bodil; Ellstrom, Eva
The aim of this study was to examined the impact of a new charging system in child care in two different Swedish municipalities, on personnel, parents, and children. Four day care centers situated in different socioeconomic areas were studied. A qualitative approach was used, and data were collected by means of interviews and a questionnaire. Individuals at different levels in the organization, managers in the municipal government, and managers and personnel in the four day care centers were interviewed. Some of the parents of children in the centers were also interviewed and completed a questionnaire. The primary findings indicated that personnel had no opportunity to influence the decision to introduce the new system. Child care personnel interpreted the change as implying that they had more control over parents concerning punctuality and described this new role as being difficult and negative. Consequently, child care center personnel gradually adapted both the rules and their behavior toward parents in a process of mutual adaptation. Differences between centers in different socioeconomic areas were identified. At centers in higher socioeconomic areas, the personnel were more service-minded than in lower socioeconomic areas, and also more eager to find solutions for the parents. The parents in the four centers were under more stress with the new system, especially those who had contracted for too little time for their children in day care. Consequences for the children were also found to vary between areas. In lower socioeconomic areas, the new system meant larger groups, longer time in day care, and change of departments. It also meant that children of unemployed parents, who stayed only 3 hours a day, missed educational activities and meals. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Linkoping Univ. (Sweden). Pedagogiska Inst.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden