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ERIC Number: EJ937374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1005
Funding Early Years Education and Care: Can a Mixed Economy of Providers Deliver Universal High Quality Provision?
West, Anne; Roberts, Jonathan; Noden, Philip
British Journal of Educational Studies, v58 n2 p155-179 2010
There has been a focus on policies relating to early years education and care across the developed world and particularly in Europe. In the UK, there has been a raft of policy changes alongside increased investment. However, this paper argues that these changes may not be sufficient to meet EU objectives in terms of quality or the government's policy goals of high quality, affordable and accessible early years education and care. There are major issues that appear to militate against achieving these goals; these relate to the levels of government funding and to the regulatory context. There are also divergences between the providers in terms of their own objectives and underlying values which mean that quality may be variable and access to certain types of providers restricted. These factors appear to militate against the delivery of universal provision of high quality early years education and care. (Contains 1 figure, 8 tables, and 14 notes.)
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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: European Union; United Kingdom