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ERIC Number: EJ1139716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
The Professionalisation of Family Day Care in Flanders, France and Germany
Bauters, Valerie; Vandenbroeck, Michel
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v25 n3 p386-397 2017
In several countries, childminders grew in times of economic austerity and growing awareness of the economic function of childcare, as they were legitimised by a "home as heaven" ideology and low costs. As a result, childminders have long been regarded as the "Cinderellas" of childcare. Three decades later, scholars and policymakers agree on the importance of the educational function of childcare and thus on the importance of professional qualifications during the same time that these countries face the attrition of an entire generation of childminders. This gives rise to both quantitative and qualitative changes and raises the need to reconceptualise family day care (FDC). However, literature on this topic is scarce and information on non-English speaking countries is even more so. We explored productive policies and practices of "onthaalouders" (Flanders), "assistantes maternelles" (France) and "Tagesmütter" (Germany) in order to contribute to the small but increasing body of research in this field. This study shows that while the need for childcare workers is increasing, attrition of childminders might hamper the ambition to realise childcare and thus the attractiveness of the childminding profession requires an upgrade. New and hybrid forms of conjunction of centre-based and FDC challenge stereotypes about substitute mothering and offer possibilities to reconceptualise the childcare profession. However, they do not necessarily change the subordinate position of childminders in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; Belgium; France