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ERIC Number: EJ942131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
Mothers and Child Care: Policies, Values and Theories
Duncan, Simon; Edwards, Rosalind; Reynolds, Tracey; Alldred, Pam
Children & Society, v18 n4 p254-265 Sep 2004
Government expansion of child care services is based on the assumption that both parents are employed (the adult worker model) and make cost-benefit calculations in choosing child care (the rational economic choice model). This paper addresses this assumption, based on research examining mothers' assessments of appropriate child care. These assessments involve complex moral and emotional decisions around their own and their children's needs, and differ between social groups. On this basis, we conclude that the assumptions underlying current child care expansion policy are inadequate, and that the mere expansion of services is not enough.
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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: United Kingdom