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Talking heresy about ‘quality’ early childhood education and care for children in poverty

Simpson, D., Loughran, S., Lumsden, E., Mazzocco, P., McDowall Clark, R. and Winterbottom, C. (2018) Talking heresy about ‘quality’ early childhood education and care for children in poverty. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. 26(1), pp. 3-18. 1759-8273.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: This paper considers the socially progressive function of a model of 'quality' early childhood education and care widely prescribed to address child poverty across England and the USA. Ubiquitous, it is imbued with a sense of objectivity, secureness and practicality. We question these foundations. Then using data from practitioners in both countries, we contrast expectations about this model of ECEC as an unmitigated good building resilience to 'break cycles of disadvantage', with the everyday experiences and frustrations of practitioners pursuing it. Their data suggest this model of 'quality' has limitations and some heresy is required about this policy orthodoxy.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Childcare, Childhood, Disadvantage, Early education, Poverty, Pre-school
Creators: Simpson, Donald, Loughran, Sandra, Lumsden, Eunice, Mazzocco, Philip, McDowall Clark, Rory and Winterbottom, Christian
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > Early Years
Date: 1 February 2018
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 3-18
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
Volume: 26
Number: 1
Number of Pages: 16
Language: English
ISSN: 1759-8273
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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