Humanistic or business-oriented childcare???

“There exists a tension, or paradox, between humanistic perspectives on childcare and business-oriented approaches to service provision. Humanistic perspectives are underpinned by a child and family focused orientation that draws heavily on developmental and socio-constructivist theories in relation to child outcomes and the caregiver’s role in facilitating those outcomes. The focus here is largely on the child. However, a business-oriented view to childcare provision focuses on the parent as consumer; a concern for cost; and a return on investment. While parents’ needs may include a concern for child’s health and well-being, such an approach has as its prime function the provision of a sufficient number of childcare places to meet the demand. These tensions are situated within a social context of changing demographics and values within society.” (62)

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


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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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