Parent choice of early childhood education and care services

Noble, Karen (2007) Parent choice of early childhood education and care services. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 32 (2). pp. 51-57. ISSN 0312-5033


This paper reports on a study designed to enhance knowledge and understanding of parent choice in relation to early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. It investigates the ways parents make their choices of early childhood services and examines and interprets the meanings they ascribe to those choices. An orthodox grounded theory analysis of interviews with parents was conducted to elicit the knowledge bases parents draw on as they make judgements about the early childhood services they access for their children. This investigation informs ECEC professionals about the variations in the ways parents make choices for their young children. Specifically, there is a strong sense of the influence of social context and existing beliefs and understandings. However, equally importantly, parent choice is also strongly influenced by more pragmatic concerns. Therefore, choice of ECEC service is both complex and pragmatic.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 4984
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version unavailable.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2009 05:25
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: parent choice; early childhood education; grounded theory
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520599 Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390302 Early childhood education
39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only