“Care is personal. However, the dynamics of care ought to permeate both public policy and political activity. Indeed, as Williams (2001) suggests, care is (ought to be) a part of citizenship. If one of the roles of childcare is to support the development of citizens of the future, then it is important to ensure that the dimensions of care are fully accounted for within provisions made by government and not left to the prevailing wind of market forces.
Human services have been dominated increasingly by a business culture (Dahlberg et al, 1999). Apple (2001) observes that where services are guided by market forces then inevitably this seems to bring reduced power and status. He argues that the introduction of market forces and uniform standards approaches to quality will not necessarily lead to improvement in quality. Apple explains that market-based reforms and an emphasis on the technical and managerial approaches may not provide solutions to moral and political problems.” (63)
Ref: Joy Goodfellow (2005) ‘Market Childcare: preliminary considerations of a ‘property view’ of the child’ Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Volume 6, Number 1, pp. 54-65
Reference is made to: Apple, M.W. (2001) Markets, Standards, Teaching, and Teacher Education, Journal of Teacher Education, 52(3), pp. 182-196. Dahlberg, G., Moss, P. & Pence, A. (1999) Beyond Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care: postmodern perspectives. London: Falmer Press. Williams, F. (2001) In and beyond New Labour: towards a new political ethics of care, Critical Social Policy, 21(4), pp. 467-493.