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Investing in early childhood: Creating a community of care for children and families

Black, Alison L. (2004) Investing in early childhood: Creating a community of care for children and families. In McWilliam, Erica, Danby, Susan, & Knight, John (Eds.) Performing educational research : theories, methods and practices. Post Pressed, Flaxton, Qld., pp. 319-330.

Abstract

Investing in early childhood care and education services contributes to the lifetime well-being of children and families. Early childhood teachers work at the frontline of this investment, supporting families and dealing with day-to-day issues that impact on the lives and learning of young children. These teachers work within prevailing social and political structures yet they are also co-constructors of service provisions as they are experienced by families with young children. Nine teachers with work experience in a range of early childhood services engaged in conversations about key issues and contextual challenges facing their work as early childhood professionals. Three challenges raised by these teachers are examined to draw attention to the reality that creating a community of care for children and families requires re-thinking the role of the early childhood professional in service provision. This paper contributes to knowing about what it means to teach in contemporary early childhood contexts and to understanding how and why teachers find it difficult but necessary to actively promote connectedness and a sense of community across local services for children.

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ID Code: 1340
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: This is the author’s manuscript version of the work. It is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution is permitted. For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link).
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Keywords: early childhood, teachers, teachers' work, early childhood services, supporting families, curriculum decisions, HERN
ISBN: 1876682612
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Family Care (111707)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Post Pressed
Deposited On: 19 May 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:25

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