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ERIC Number: EJ888004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
Conflicting Discourses of Private Nursery Entrepreneurs in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Ebrahim, Hasina Banu
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v11 n1 p39-48 2010
The South African government has adopted a poverty-targeted approach to provisioning in early care and education. This approach prioritises public funding for vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Given the need to address past imbalances and the context of limited financial resources, the private sector has been given an increased role in financing and delivering early care and education. To date, little attention has been paid to how private providers configure their services. This article seeks to address the gap. Through the analysis of the discourses of private entrepreneurs and their staff in two early childhood centres in urban KwaZulu-Natal, it is argued that the business approach in early care and education, with the focus on parents as customers, is narrow and limiting. It marginalises access for young children from disadvantaged groups and downplays the diversity that characterises young children's lives in South Africa. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa