Early Childhood in the Anglosphere

Systemic failings and transformative possibilities

Peter Moss and Linda Mitchell


ISBN: 9781800082557

Publication: May 09, 2024

Written by two leading international experts, Early Childhood in the Anglosphere offers a unique comparison of early childhood education and care services, and parenting leave, across seven high-income Anglophone countries. Peter Moss and Linda Mitchell explore what these systems have in common, including the dominance of ‘childcare’ services, widespread privatisation and marketisation, and weak parenting leave. They highlight the substantial failings of these systems, and the causes and consequences of these failings. But this book is ultimately about hope, about how these failings might be made good through major changes. In other words, it is about transformation: why transformation is both necessary and possible at this particular time, what transformation might look like, and how it might happen. Part of that transformation concerns the need for new policies and structures, but even more it is about how the Anglosphere thinks about early childhood. The authors call for turning away from conceptualising early childhood services as `childcare' and marketised businesses selling commodities to parent-consumers; and for reconceptualising them as education imbued with an ethics of care, a public good available as a right to all children and families, and complemented by well-paid, individual entitlements to parenting leave. Using examples from the Anglosphere and beyond, and in a context of converging crises, the book argues that transformation of thinking, policies and structures is desirable and doable.

Peter Moss is Emeritus Professor Early Childhood Provision at University College London.

Linda Mitchell is Professor Early Childhood Education at the University of Waikato.

About the authors
List of tables

1 The Anglosphere in a time of crises
2 Early childhood systems in the Anglosphere: seven national summaries
3 Early childhood systems in the Anglosphere: similar features, similar failings
4 The Anglosphere model: looking for causes
5 Early childhood systems beyond the Anglosphere: two different models
6 Trying for transformative change: England
7 Trying for transformative change: Aotearoa New Zealand
8 Transforming early childhood in the Anglosphere


Format: Hardback

Size: 234 × 156 × 14 mm

260 Pages

1 Table 1 Box

Copyright: © 2024

ISBN: 9781800082557

Publication: May 09, 2024

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