The Policies of Childcare and Early Childhood Education
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The Policies of Childcare and Early Childhood Education

Does Equal Access Matter?

Edited by Katja Repo, Maarit Alasuutari, Kirsti Karila and Johanna Lammi-Taskula

This timely book reveals how policies of childcare and early childhood education influence children’s circumstances and the daily lives of families with children. Examining how these policies are approached, it focuses particularly on the issues and pitfalls related to equal access.
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Chapter 7: Parents as objects of interventions: what they have to say about early childhood education and schoolification

Michel Vandenbroeck and Katrien Van Laere


The chapter analyses the conceptualization of care and education by professionals and parents in Belgium, making use of video-elicited focus groups, and suggests that the increasing focus on early learning (sometimes labelled the schoolification of early childhood education) leads to the subordination of care. This hierarchical conception of education as more important than care may lead to the deliberate non-take up of early childhood education and care by families and thus paradoxically widen the educational gap that it wanted to bridge.

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