Childcare: An investigation of labour market issues.

Thomson, Emily, Campbell, Jim and Scott, G (2003) Childcare: An investigation of labour market issues. Regional Studies, 37 (9). pp. 957-967. ISSN 0034 3404

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Over recent years the UK government and the Scottish Executive have demonstrated a commitment to the development of childcare services through the use of both supply and demand subsidies. This paper reviews the rationale for the UK National Childcare Strategy and its Scottish equivalent, with a focus on the local development impact of each strategy. The findings of a recent survey of childcare provision in Glasgow are used to illustrate some of the key operational aspects of the Scottish childcare strategy. The survey paints a picture of a very diverse sector in terms of pay, employment stability and funding sources. This diversity is reinforced by the variety of public sector agencies involved in the promotion of childcare. The main conclusion is that despite the publication of the Childcare Strategies in 1998, there is a need for a more strategic approach if the objectives outlined in those documents are to be realised.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0034 3404
Electronic ISSN: 1360-0591
Additional Information: Division of Economics and Enterprise, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA, UK 2: Scottish Poverty Information Unit, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA, UK
Uncontrolled Keywords: Childcare strategy; Employment promotion; Third Way; Social inclusion;
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 304 Factors affecting social behavior
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Item ID: 2145
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 12 May 2008 11:58
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2013 12:38

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