Once considered the preserve of the wealthy, nanny care has grown in response to changes in the labour market, including the rising number of working mothers with young children and increases in non-standard work patterns.
This book presents new empirical research about in-home childcare in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada, three countries where governments are pursuing new ways to support in-home childcare through funding, regulation and migration.
The compelling policy story that emerges illustrates the implications of different mechanisms for facilitating in-home childcare - for families and for care workers.
Dr Elizabeth Adamson is a Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre, at the University of New South Wales. Her research focuses on policies affecting children and families, and the intersection of care and migration regimes in comparative perspective. She is a member of the Work + Family Policy Roundtable, and has made submissions to various public inquiries into early childhood education and care policy in Australia.
Part One: Conceptual and historical analysis of in-home childcare;
Restructuring care – Concepts and classifications;
Restructuring care – Comparative policy developments;
Policy structures in Australia, the UK and Canada;
Part Two: Policy intersections and inequalities;
Rhetoric and rationales for in-home childcare;
Cultures of in-home childcare;
"This book successfully highlights how policy needs to integrate homecarers to enable women to be further integrated into the labour market whilst children access quality care." Dr Naomi Finch, University of York
"The growing interest in ‘in-home care’ by parents, governments and early childhood practitioners make this book a timely and essential read for social policy scholars and public policy professionals." Dr Elizabeth Hill, University of Sydney