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Childcare and Preschool Development in Europe
Institutional Perspectives
 
 
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15 Jan 2009
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With numbers of women in the workforce increasing, public provision for care for children below school age has becoming a pressing policy issue.  Countries across Europe differ radically in their approach to childcare and two different approaches compete with each other: one focuses on facilitating women's paid work and involvement in the workforce, the other focuses on the educational needs of young children.  In this book the differences of approach across Europe are explored from comparative, historical and institutional perspectives. The historical development of child care systems is shown to be fundamental to the forms they take today, and vital in determining how reform can occur. 
 
Early childhood education is a key subject in terms of pedagogical concerns, but the development of childcare or preschool institutions has hardly ever been investigated using the approach used in this book.  Focusing on an analysis of factors helping or hindering the development of preschool institutions in different countries, and on comparing path dependencies, and events that disrupt these accepted norms, this book sets out key policymaking issues in this field. 


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With numbers of women in the workforce increasing, public provision for care for children below school age has becoming a pressing policy issue.  Countries across Europe differ radically in their approach to childcare and two different approaches compete with each other: one focuses on facilitating women's paid work and involvement in the workforce, the other focuses on the educational needs of young children.  In this book the differences of approach across Europe are explored from comparative, historical and institutional perspectives. The historical development of child care systems is shown to be fundamental to the forms they take today, and vital in determining how reform can occur. 
 
Early childhood education is a key subject in terms of pedagogical concerns, but the development of childcare or preschool institutions has hardly ever been investigated using the approach used in this book.  Focusing on an analysis of factors helping or hindering the development of preschool institutions in different countries, and on comparing path dependencies, and events that disrupt these accepted norms, this book sets out key policymaking issues in this field. 


Reviews

'This book is a welcome addition to the literature on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)...The historical perspective and the depth of analysis will extend the shelf-life considerably...Chapters are informative and useful on their own. However, reading the whole collection has great benefits...The book is an inspiration to explore these themes further against the backdrop of the useful perspectives and theoretical framework it introduces.' - Social Policy


Contents

Introduction; K.Scheiwe& H.Willekens
Public Child Care in Europe: Historical Trajectories and New Directions; T.Bahle
How and Why Belgium Became a Pioneer of Preschool Development; H.Willekens
Public Child Care and Preschools in France: New Policy Paradigm and Path Dependency; C.Martin & B.Le Bihan
Child Care in Spain After 1975: The Educational Rationale, the Catholic Church, and Women in Civil Society; C.Valiente
The Paradox of Public Preschools in a Familist Welfare Regime: The Italian Case; E.Hohnerlein
Public and Private: The History of Early Education and Care Institutions in the UK; H.Penn
Danish Child-Care Policies within Path-Timing, Sequence, Actors and Opportunity Structures; A.Borchorst  
Child Care as an Issue of Equality and Equity: The Example of the Nordic Countries; P.Rauhala
The Politics of (De)centralisation: Early Care and Education in France and Sweden; M.Neuman
Slow Motion: Institutional Factors as Obstacles to the Expansion of Early Childhood Education in the FRG; K.Scheiwe
Private Family and Institutionalised Public Care for Young Children in Germany and the U.S., 1857-1933; M.Baader
Maternalism and Truncated Professionalism: Historical Perspectives on Kindergarten Teachers; U.Rabe-Kleberg
Money Matters: Experiments in Financing Public Child Care; M.Schuler-Harms 
Basic Legal Principles of Public Responsibility for Children; I.Richter



Authors

KIRSTEN SCHEIWE is Professor of Law at the Faculty of Social and Pedagogical Sciences, University of Hildesheim, Germany. Her research focuses upon law and social policy in the areas of family law and social law from the perspectives of interdisciplinary and comparative legal analysis and gender studies.

HARRY WILLEKENS is teaches law at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. He is a specialist in family law, legal sociology and social policy.