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ERIC Number: EJ799663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
Voices from an Enclave: Lesbian Mothers' Experiences of Child Care
Skattebol, Jen; Ferfolja, Tania
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v32 n1 p10-18 Mar 2007
In this paper we examine eight lesbian mothers' experiences and perceptions of their young children's early childhood education. These mothers identified the in/visibility of their lesbian identities and families and the narrow definition of family in early childhood settings as significant issues in their experiences as childcare users. This paper traces these issues to the normative ideas of, and superficial engagement with, families in early childhood curriculum, pedagogy, practices and procedures. The childcare settings used by these families were situated in a relatively "accepting" community within a lesbian enclave in inner-city Sydney. Yet even here the mothers were required to undertake complex negotiations about the way the setting catered to their family constellation in the everyday practices. We argue that early childhood educators could better support this group through more active engagement in representing a broad range of differences, including those relating to sexuality. Furthermore, educators can create richer opportunities for connections and community between families when they focus on the everyday functions of families rather than an exclusive focus on family structures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia