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Part I: Introduction: Childcare markets: an introduction ~ Eva Lloyd; Childcare markets: do they work? ~ Helen Penn; What future for the mature UK childcare market? ~ Philip Blackburn; Part II: Explorations in childcare markets: Local providers and loyal parents: competition and consumer choice in the Dutch childcare market ~ Janneke Plantenga; Tinkering with early childhood education and care: the case of early education vouchers in Hong Kong ~ Gail Yuen; Markets and childcare provision in New Zealand: towards a fairer alternative ~ Linda Mitchell; Publicly available and supported early education and care for all: the case of Norway ~ Kari Jacobsen and Gerd Vollset; Childcare markets in the US: supply and demand, quality and cost, and public policy ~ Laura Sosinsky; Workforce shortages in the Canadian ECEC sector: how big, how costly and how solvable? ~ Robert Fairholm and Jerome Davis; Raw and emerging childcare markets ~ Helen Penn; Part III: Ethics and principles: Need markets be the only show in town? ~ Peter Moss; ABC Learning and Australian early childhood education and care: a retrospective audit of a radical experiment ~ Jennifer Sumsion; Childcare markets and government intervention ~ Gillian Paull.

About the Author

Eva Lloyd, Reader in Early Childhood at the University of East London, UK, and Co-director of the International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare (ICMEC), has extensive childhood policy research experience. Helen Penn is Professor of Early Childhood at the University of East London and Co-director of ICMEC. Her research focuses on the impact of childcare marketisation on children, families and services, taking a global overview.


"In this fascinating book, a group of distinguished scholars provide incisive analyses of market-based child care around the world. They convey child care for what it is-both a service to parents and a major determinant of children's development and future life course. An informative must-read for both scholars and policymakers." Edward Zigler, Ph.D.,Sterling Professor of Psychology, Emeritus;Director Emeritus, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and;Social Policy, Yale University "The book is a comprehensive resource for those with an interest in comparative family policy and children's services as well as a general interest in the mixed economy of welfare. It can be read cover to cover for a broad understanding of childcare markets from a policy perspective, or as stand-alone chapters for those interested in a particular country or context." - Journal of European Social Policy "... looks dispassionately at the factors shaping the childcare market in the UK of the future." Young Minds magazine

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