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Penn, Helen – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
This colloquium argues that writings on leadership in the early years commonly assume a service ethos. The aim of nurseries and other early childhood settings is to provide a service for children and their parents, and the task of leadership is seen to be to find effective ways of defining and realizing this aim. But increasingly, and especially…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Commercialization
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Sumsion, Jennifer; Harrison, Linda; Letsch, Karen; Bradley, Benjamin Sylvester; Stapleton, Matthew – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
This article considers opportunities and risks arising from the prominence of the belonging motif in Australia's Early Years Learning Framework and, more implicitly, in the National Quality Standard, against which the quality of the early childhood education and care services is assessed. A vignette constructed from case study data generated in…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Quality Assurance
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Seland, Monica; Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen; Bratterud, Åse – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
The aim of the study on which this paper is based was to explore in which situations and contexts Norwegian 1-3-year-olds experience subjective wellbeing in day care. The data in this study was collected through qualitative phenomenological observations of 18 children, and an inductive process of analysis was conducted. The results show that…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Well Being, Child Care
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Lash, Martha; McMullen, Mary – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2008
The achievement of quality, affordability and availability--what has been called the "trilemma" of child care--continues to pose relevant, moral challenges for administrators, teachers and parents. These three dimensions of the trilemma are directly related to questions of moral significance related to how the US child care structure…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Decision Making, Child Care, Early Childhood Education
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Cameron, Claire – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2006
Professionalising the early childhood workforce in terms of improving pay and conditions of work and employing male workers can be seen as independent trends: there is no necessary relationship between the two. However, when the definition of professionalism is extended to include the scope and quality of practice, the experiences and views of…
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Nursery Schools
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Kilderry, Anna – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2006
This colloquium discusses recent trends where early childhood education and care has shifted from being a community service to that of big business. Years of neo-liberal reform have created market conditions favourable for large corporations to provide childcare within Australia. This situation raises some issues and concerns, particularly in…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Child Care, Child Care Centers
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Nupponen, Hanna – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2006
There has been minimal Australian research focused on leadership and management aspects of directors' work in centre-based child care to date. In Australia, practices in early education have been drawn largely from studies in other cultural contexts, particularly research undertaken in the United States. It is timely that Australian research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Leadership, Child Care, Child Care Centers
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Ebbeck, Marjory; Gokhale, Neelima – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
This article reports on a study based on interviews with 40 parents in Singapore. The study examined parents' views about their children's development and learning, and how these were or were not congruent with the views and practices of the childcare centre the children were attending. Findings showed that, although there were some similarities,…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Child Care, Interviews, Parent Attitudes