The Child Care Act 1972: A critical juncture in Australian ECEC and the emergence of 'quality'

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Abstract

This article illuminates the significance of the Child Care Act 1972 (Cwlth) as a criticaljuncture in the development of Australian early childhood education and care (ECEC)policy and, specifically, in establishing quality as a key policy consideration. The articlereports on an analysis of the Act, informed by Foucault’s use of a history of the present,that highlights dominant discourses and path-dependent processes as both enabling andconstraining for quality in child care and the development of a national ECEC sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-91
Number of pages9
JournalAustralasian Journal of Early Childhood
Volume38
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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