Child Care Today

Child Care Today

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In a world that values paid employment and personal fulfilment, who should look after the children, and who should pay for it? This book looks at the situation from the viewpoints of politicians, parents and children, and draws on international research to assess the effects of different kinds of care on children and families.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 169 x 241 x 32mm | 752g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745647006
  • 9780745647005
  • 1,774,351

Table of contents

Introduction Part One: Child Care Today 1. The Context of Child
Care 2. The Issues 3. How Much Child Care? What Kinds and Where? 4.
Parents and Child Care Part Two: Types of Child Care Introduction:
Family Care, the Baseline 5. Shared Care by Mothers and Fathers 6.
Care by Full-Time Mothers 7. Fathers as Principal Care Providers 8.
Grandparent Care 9. Care by Nannies, Au Pairs, and Other In-Home
Child Care Providers Introduction: ?Formal Care? 10. Family Day
care 11. Child Care Centers or Nurseries 12. Integrated Care and
Education: Children?s Centers and Extended Schools Part Three:
Quality of Care Introduction: Quality of Care from Various
Viewpoints 13. Quality of Care from Research Viewpoints 14. Quality
of Care from Parents? Viewpoints 15. Quality of Care from
Children?s Viewpoints 16. Choosing Child Care Part Four: Moving On
Introduction: Is Better Child Care a Priority? 17. Politics and
Policies, Models and Money 18. Families and Child Care 19. Some
Signposts to the Way Forward for Politicians, Policy Makers, and
Professionals 20. Some Signposts to the Way Forward for Parents and
Children Acknowledgments Notes Index
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Review quote

"The renowned psychologist and child specialist Dr Penelope Leach
has, after seven years of painstaking research, published a new
work, Childcare Today: What We Know and What we Need to
Know. Its conclusions that good child-care won't damage
children could mean a guilt-free return to work for many
ex-yummy-mummies, and will come as a blessing to mothers already

The Times

"Leach, author of the wildly popular Your Baby and Child,
delivers another parenting tome that will likely become the
standard by which all other child-care books are measured. Her plea
for looking at child care as an investment rather than an expense
(well-raised children make well-adjusted adults, after all) comes
through loud and clear and makes perfect sense no matter your
political persuasion. There's no doubt Child Care Today will
become the bible on the subject."

Book of the Day on Booklist Online

"After reading just the introduction I was intrigued, as a
woman, a working mother and as a care-giver. I was refreshed to
read a forward looking book that acknowledges, but does not mourn
society's history, and one that recognises how lives have evolved
so that women are from now part of the economic make-up of the

Sasha Edmunds, National Childminding Association

"Comprehensively covers the state of childcare in the world
today, asking and answering many questions [and] offers an honest
evaluation of these complex issues."

Child Care

"Should be recommended reading for early years professionals,
childcare providers and managers as well as parents who are
interested in exploring 'the child-care question' at this level of
policy and outcome research."

Under 5

"A new study on the best way to take care of kids and how
parents in Western nations are currently doing it [from] Penelope
Leach, the British psychologist and author of Your Baby and
Child, the one book that's always on my bedside table ... Leach
offers counsel for all of us ... She gives us a better way to think
about the [child care] decision ... Above all, we do best by our
children when we think deeply about our choices from their point of
view ... I've stuck with Leach's earlier book through my first
3-1/2 years as a mother because it's both child-centric and
sensible. Child Care Today [has] the same combination of
kindness and rigor."

Sara Sklaroff, The Washington Post

"Leach argues that asking whether child care is bad for children
is asking the wrong question altogether and that we are guilty of
assuming that the answer to bad child care is no child care ...
Unparalleled in its comprehensiveness, this is highly recommended
for academic libraries and should be required reading for those
involved in policymaking regarding children and families."

Library Journal

"A masterful work by a luminary in the world of child
development. If implemented, Leach's findings would revolutionize
the way America cares for its young children and bring about a
radical improvement in the lives of children and their parents -
and in the economic, social, and intellectual well-being of our

Virginia A. Smith, Boston Globe

"This book is both important and timely. Penelope Leach is renowned
for addressing the thorny questions about childcare without coming
from one particular 'side'."

Nursery World

"Child Care Today is an update on the state of child care
in the 21st century. In addressing 'the real issues in combining
the human essentials of earning and caregiving,' Leach looks at the
things that matter. For any mother or father interested in
examining their own choices in a global context, this book looks
like a must-read."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Venerable British child psychologist Leach, author of the
classic Your Baby and Child, addresses the overarching
question of who is caring for today?s children. Until we
embrace children as everyone?s responsibility, Leach insists,
the 'working/caring conundrum' will continue to plague parents, and
society will forgo the high dividends that result when an
investment is made in quality child care."

Starred review in Publishers Weekly
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About Penelope Leach

Penelope Leach, Hon. Senior Rersearch Fellow, Institute for the
Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Birkbeck
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