Transforming Childcare and Listening to Families: Policy in Wales and Beyond

  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-03-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Purchase Benefits
  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $30.00 Save up to $0.90
  • Buy New


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The eBook copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


This book draws on original research to consider the connections between childcare, family lives and social policy. The research, located in Wales in the period following devolution, concerns the capacity of policy to enhance family well-being.

Table of Contents

Sheila's story: a mother's reflections on care, work and family
Setting the scene: personal influences
Researching families, childcare and policy
Shaping Childcare Policy in the United Kingdom
Approaches to policy analysis
New Labour's childcare policy
The Coalition, the 'big society' and welfare reform
Conclusion: who benefits from childcare policy?
Devolution, Gender and Childcare: a Distinctive Policy Agenda in Wales?
Policy innovation in post-devolution Wales: key political values
The shaping of childcare policy in Wales, 1999 to 2012
Policy officers' perspectives: doing things differently?
Conclusion: disconnections in policy?
Mothers' Perspectives on Childcare, Gender and Social Support
Mothers' reflections on care: from sensitive to intensive mothering?
The educational role of mothers: the pressure to be 'constantly creative'
Well-being, support and stress
Conclusion: personal accounts and public policy
Different Neighbourhoods, Unequal Support? Local Childcare Services and Networks of Informal Care
Childcare and neighbourhood inequalities
Parents' childcare strategies: values, challenges and informal care
Parents' use of other services for families and children
Conclusion: respecting diversity, providing universal services
Listening to Mothers and Fathers, Disrupting Policy?
Review and reflections
Hearing parents? Perspectives from policy officers
Conclusion: making childcare policy work in Wales
Conclusion: Parenthood, Gender Relations and the Care Ethic in Wales
Shaping a childcare ethic
Diversity, material hardship and family lives
'Hands on' dads: embracing fathers' perspectives on care
Coalition and Welsh Government policies in an age of austerity
Time for an alternative
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review