The quality of early childhood education and care (ECEC) is important for children in centre-based ECEC, particularly those from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, are largely dependent on centre quality. Parents' decisions about labour force participation are influenced by the quality of avialable care, and this is especially the case for mothers. Moreover, high quality ECEC contributes to the development of social capital by enhancing family and community networks.
|Title of host publication||Paid care in Australia|
|Subtitle of host publication||Politics, profits, practices|
|Editors||Debra King, Gabrielle Meagher|
|Place of Publication||Sydney|
|Publisher||Sydney University Press|
|Number of pages||31|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
Sumsion, J., & Goodfellow, J. (2009). Parents as consumers of early childhood education and care: The feasibility of demand-led improvements to quality. In D. King, & G. Meagher (Eds.), Paid care in Australia: Politics, profits, practices (7 ed., pp. 167-197). Sydney University Press.