Families at the Centre: Negotiating Australia's mixed market in early education and care

Project Status: Archive
People Involved: Deb Brennan, Elizabeth Adamson, Megan Blaxland, Trish Hill, Christiane Purcal, Jen Skattebol
Research Areas: Care
Funding Agency: Australian Research Council - Linkage Program
Non-Staff Involved: Zoe Morrison, Anne Hampshire, and Fiona Williams

Despite a surge of policy reforms and Australian government investment in early childhood education and care (ECEC), little is known in Australia about how local ECEC markets function and how low income families make decisions about the use or non-use of child care services. This project will provide evidence for policy making and service provision that aims to encourage child care use by low income families. The direct involvement of child care providers in the research will strengthen its relevance and impact. This research will place Australia at the forefront of international research on local child care markets, and resulting improvements in ECEC policy and services will generate substantial economic and social benefits.


Publications

Policy Snapshot: What do low income families say about care and education for their children? (PDF) [7 Mb]

Insights into child care and early education: Caboolture (PDF) [994 Kb]

Insights into child care and early education: Dandenong (PDF) [1 Mb]

Insights into child care and early education: Elizabeth Grove (PDF) [1 Mb]

Insights into child care and early education: Fitzroy (PDF) [1 Mb]

Insights into child care and early education: Marrickville (PDF) [961 Kb]

Insights into child care and early education: Orange (PDF) [1 Mb]