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Child care and education facilities have become a key policy-making concern in most European Union countries. Meanwhile, European research has turned a spotlight on how the variety of services and local governance are affecting the availability and quality of what is on offer. This research is based on a comparison of national and local strategies for early childhood services in 17 towns/cites or districts in eight European countries. The research probes the extent to which a comparative shortage of places for children in the 0-3 age category and the higher expectations of families are catered for by national and local authorities providing incentives for developing policies for offering more services, service providers and funding.
Against the background of the limitations in the available funding and the way in which parent's lifestyles differ, creating a greater variety of child care facilities and funding is too often seen by the public authorities as a way of developing new places at a lower cost, while catering for the many aims of childcare (natality, reconciling a career with family responsibilities, teaching children social skills and promoting child education, combating poverty, job creation, parenthood support...).

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Authors: EME B, Centre de Recherche et d�Information sur la Democratie et l�Economie CRIDA, Paris (FR);FRAISSE L, Centre de Recherche et d�Information sur la Democratie et l�Economie CRIDA, Paris (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 22029 EN (2006), 142 pp. Euro: 15
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-22029-FR-S Available from EUR-OP sales agents URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-9511-1
Record Number: 200618712 / Last updated on: 2006-09-14
Original language: en
Available languages: fr