Early Childhood in the Anglosphere
Systemic failings and transformative possibilities
Peter Moss and Linda Mitchell
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 a turn away from conceptualising early childhood services as ‘childcare’, businesses and marketised commodities. Instead they should be envisaged as education with an ethics of care and a public good with universal access for children, supported 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.
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 figures and 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: The case of England
7 Trying for transformative change: The case of Aotearoa New Zealand
8 Transforming early childhood in the Anglosphere
Size: 234 × 156 mm
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Publication: May 06, 2024