Parents as consumers of early childhood education and care: The feasibility of demand-led improvements to quality

Jennifer Sumsion, Joy Goodfellow

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPaid care in Australia
Subtitle of host publicationPolitics, profits, practices
EditorsDebra King, Gabrielle Meagher
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherSydney University Press
Pages167-197
Number of pages31
Edition7
ISBN (Print)9781920899295
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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    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.