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ERIC Number: EJ900123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
"Minding", "Working", "Teaching": Childcare in Aotearoa/New Zealand, 1940s-2000s
May, Helen
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v8 n2 p133-143 2007
Over a sixty-year period, staff working in childcare have been transformed from childminders into teachers on a path towards pay parity with teachers in the kindergarten, primary and secondary school sectors. Similarly, childcare provision has shifted from being deemed potentially harmful for children, and unnecessary except in exceptional situations, to become the major provider of early childhood education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Sixty years ago, childcare centres were excluded from government interest in terms of policy and funding. In the 2000s, childcare is a major plank of government policy interest. This article documents the political "gazes" that have framed three "windows" or points in time when significant government reports became blueprints for policy shifts. Advocacy was a key driver in shifting government opinion and policy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand