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ERIC Number: ED522735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISBN: ISBN-9-0619-5088-0
ISSN: ISSN-1383-7907
Globalisation and Privatisation: The Impact on Childcare Policy and Practice. Working Papers in Early Childhood Development, No. 38
Vanderbroeck, Michel
Bernard van Leer Foundation (NJ1)
This paper concentrates on the impact of globalisation on childcare since the late 1970s, particularly in the last two decades. It looks at how our views about children, parents and public services have changed as a result. In particular, the paper examines the case in Belgium, where the consequences of globalisation are also analyzed in terms of quality and accessibility of services and the shifting power relations between the state, childcare providers, parents and experts in the field of early childhood education. In order to understand our present-day views on the services provided to young children and their families, it is necessary to have some historical context. The paper therefore also investigates how childcare institutions have emerged over the history of western Europe, with special emphasis on Belgium, before examining their evolution in a more international context, looking at recent research from different countries. The paper concludes by distilling the situation into three apparently contradictory situations, and asking if they can be resolved. (Contains 3 figures and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bernard Van Leer Foundation (Netherlands)
Identifiers - Location: Belgium