28 Critical Soc. Pol'y 5 (2008)

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O   CAROL VINCENT, ANNETTE BRAUN& STEPHEN J. BALL
    Institute of Education, University of London, UK


    Childcare, choice and social class: Caring for
    young children in the UK



    Abstract
    This paper  draws on  the results of two qualitative research projects
    examining  parental engagements with the childcare market in the UK.
    Both projects are located in the same two London localities. One project
    focuses on professional middle class parents, and the other on working
    class families, and we discuss the key importance  of social class in
    shaping parents' differential engagement with  the childcare market,
    and their understandings of the role childcare plays in their children's
    lives. We identify and discuss the different 'circuits' of care available to
    and used by families living physically close to each other, but in social
    class terms living in different worlds. We also consider parents' relation-
    ships with carers, and their social networks. We conclude that, in order
    to fully understand childcare policies and practices and families' experi-
    ences of care, an analysis which encompasses social class and the work-
    ings of the childcare market is needed.

    Key  words:   capitals, family, middle class, parenting, working class



Introduction

    But there is one additional reform that has the potential to transform
    opportunity for every child and be a force for renewal in every commu-
    nity, and on which  the Government  wishes  to make further progress
    today. While the nineteenth century was distinguished by the introduc-
    tion of primary education for all and the twentieth century by the intro-
    duction of secondary education for all, so the early part of the twenty first
    century should be marked by the introduction of pre-school provision for
    the under fives and childcare available to all. (Speech by Gordon Brown,
    the then  Chancellor of the  Exchequer, Statement  to the  House  of
    Commons,   Spending Review, July 2004)

@ Critical Social Policy Ltd 2008 0261-018394 Vol. 28(1): 5-26; 085505
SAGE PUBLICATIONS, Los Angeles, London, New Delhi and Singapore, 10.1177/0261018307085505


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