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Early Childhood in the Anglosphere: Systemic failings and transformative possibilities

Moss, Peter; Mitchell, Linda; (2024) Early Childhood in the Anglosphere: Systemic failings and transformative possibilities. [Book]. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Written by two leading international experts, Early Childhood in the Anglosphere offers a unique comparison of early childhood education and care services, and parenting leave, across seven high-income Anglophone countries. Peter Moss and Linda Mitchell explore what these systems have in common, including the dominance of ‘childcare’ services, widespread privatisation and marketisation, and weak parenting leave. They highlight the substantial failings of these systems, and the causes and consequences of these failings. But this book is ultimately about hope, about how these failings might be made good through major changes. In other words, it is about transformation: why transformation is both necessary and possible at this particular time, what transformation might look like, and how it might happen. Part of that transformation concerns the need for new policies and structures, but even more it is about how the Anglosphere thinks about early childhood. The authors call for turning away from conceptualising early childhood services as `childcare' and marketised businesses selling commodities to parent-consumers; and for reconceptualising them as education imbued with an ethics of care, a public good available as a right to all children and families, and complemented by well-paid, individual entitlements to parenting leave. Using examples from the Anglosphere and beyond, and in a context of converging crises, the book argues that transformation of thinking, policies and structures is desirable and doable.

Type: Book
Title: Early Childhood in the Anglosphere: Systemic failings and transformative possibilities
ISBN-13: 9781800082533
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781800082533
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800082533
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Authors, 2024 The authors have asserted their rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the authors of this work. Any third-party material in this book is not covered by the book’s Creative Commons licence. Details of the copyright ownership and permitted use of third-party material is given in the image (or extract) credit lines. If you would like to reuse any thirdparty material not covered by the book’s Creative Commons licence, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright owner. This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC 4.0), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/. This licence allows you to share and adapt the work for non-commercial use providing attribution is made to the author and publisher (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work) and any changes are indicated. Attribution should include the following information: Moss, P. and Mitchell, L. 2024. Early Childhood in the Anglosphere: Systemic failings and transformative possibilities. London: UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800082533 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/
Keywords: Early childhood education, Childcare, Parenting leave, Systemic failings, Education policy, Eduational reform
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10191508
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