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Transforming Childcare and Listening to Families

Policy in Wales and Beyond

This book draws on original research to consider the connections between childcare, family lives, and social policy. The research, conducted in Wales during the period following devolution, looks at the effect of policy on family well-being. Through interviews with mothers and fathers of young children, Wendy Ball analyzes day-to-day childcare arrangements, focusing on such factors as gender, social networks, material circumstances, and neighborhood resources. Ball identifies a significant gap between what matters to parents and what is currently being offered in policy and service provision.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Series Editors’ Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Glossary

Introduction
1. Shaping Childcare Policy in the United Kingdom
2. Devolution, Gender and Childcare: A Distinctive Policy Agenda in Wales?
3. Mothers’ Perspectives on Childcare, Gender and Social Support
4. Different Neighbourhoods, Unequal Support? Local Childcare Services and Networks of Informal Care
5. Listening to Mothers and Fathers, Disrupting Policy?
Conclusion: Parenthood, Gender Relations and the Care Ethic in Wales

Appendix 1: Socio-Economic Profile of the Three Neighbourhoods
Appendix 2: The Sample of Mothers and Father
Appendix 3: Caring for Children Interview Themes
Appendix 4: The Sample of Policy Officers
Appendix 5: Policy Officers’ Interview Themes
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

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