The goals of a good national system: placing priority on the wellbeing of children Cass, Bettina en_US
dc.contributor.other Hill, Elizabeth en_US
dc.contributor.other Pocock, Barbara en_US
dc.contributor.other Elliot, Amanda en_US 2021-11-25T13:42:30Z 2021-11-25T13:42:30Z 2007 en_US
dc.description.abstract This chapter takes a child-centred focus on debates about the goals of a good childcare system, and takes as its particular priority the interests and needs of children in low-income and socioeconomically disadvantaged families and their right to benefit from participation in mainstream early childhood education and care (ECEC) services of good quality. Two recent influential Australian reports (ACOSS 2006; Press 2006) and the OECD (2001) adopt the term early childhood education and care (ECEC) to refer to formal prior-to-school care and education for infants and young children, covering services such as long day care centres, family day care, registered in-home care and pre-schools (or kindergartens in some jurisdictions) that provide sessional care and education for children one to two years prior to the commencement of school. I would add to this list, out-of-school hours care, of increasing significance as mothers in two parent and sole parent families increase their labour force participation when their children enter school, and as the implementation of welfare-to-work legislation from 1 July 2006 mandates at least 15 hours of paid work or employment-related activity for income support recipients once their youngest child is aged six. The argument here is predicated on the well-substantiated international literature which demonstrates that good quality early childhood education and care services are of benefit in improving the social/emotional wellbeing, and cognitive development outcomes for all children, particularly for low income and disadvantaged children – an effect which recognises children both as present citizens whose wellbeing should be paramount and as future citizens with respect to the enhancement of their educational and employment participation, often called their human capital (Lister 2004). en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 9781920898700 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher University of Sydney Press en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other 370203 Social Policy en_US
dc.title The goals of a good national system: placing priority on the wellbeing of children en_US
dc.type Book Chapter en
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unsw.accessRights.uri Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 97-111 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartoftitle Kids Count: Better Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Cass, Bettina, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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