ERIC Number: EJ941804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
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Joined-Up Services for Young Children and Their Families: Papering over the Cracks or Re-Constructing the Foundations?
Children & Society, v21 n2 p87-97 Mar 2007
The idea that services can be provided for young children within their families in a seamless way that serves the interests of children and families simultaneously is problematic. A theoretical flaw underpinning the ideal of integrated services is that families are assumed to be homogenous units. This article explores competing goals for children and families by examining data from the evaluation of three Early Excellence Centres in the north of England piloted by the Department for Education and Employment from 1999 to 2002. The article recommends that extended childcare services should be clearly targeted to the needs of the child-within-the-family, thereby providing a clear theoretical foundation for re-conceptualising joined-up services.
Descriptors: Integrated Services, Policy Formation, Young Children, Foreign Countries, Family Involvement, Child Care, Family (Sociological Unit), Child Care Centers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)