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PERLA - Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research

Consortium: Finnish childcare policies: In/Equality in Focus

Principal investigator and leader of team 1: Professor Maarit Alasuutari (University of Jyväskylä)

Other team leaders:

  • Professor Kirsti Karila (University of Tampere), team 2
  • Director Johanna Lammi-Taskula (National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki), team 3

  • Professor Katja Repo (University of Tampere), team 4

Finnish childcare policies encourage children's participation in early childhood education, but they also support home and informal care, and private childcare by cash-for-care benefits. This dualistic model is often considered as securing equality between families, but municipal childcare systems vary increasingly. The project will examine how the municipal childcare systems condition parental childcare decisions, and hence the study scrutinises the potential sources of inequality of the systems. The focus is on possible inequalities between regions and families, and in children’s early education trajectories and wellbeing. The study applies a multi-method approach. It will be carried out in collaboration with 10 municipalities that provide different combinations of childcare services and cash benefits. The research will provide tangible models and ideas about how to support equality in Finnish childcare locally and nationally.

Website and blog

Publications:

Alasuutari, Maarit; Hautala, Paula; Karila, Kirsti; Lammi-Taskula, Johanna & Repo, Katja (2016): Suomalainen lastenhoitopolitiikka ja tasa-arvon kysymykset. CHILDCARE-tutkimuskonsortio. Tilannekuvaraportti 2015. Suomen Akatemia.

Kuukka, Anu (2016) Laaja CHILDCARE-hanke yhdenvertaisuuden jäljillä. Kokonaiskuva lastenhoito- ja varhaiskasvatuspalveluista. Jyväskylän yliopiston lehti Tiedonjyvä 2/2016.

Repo, Katja (2016): Lastenhoito, investoitu lapsi ja lapsen ääni. Teoksessa Antti Halmetoja, Pertti Koistinen & Satu Ojala (toim.) Sosiaalipolitiikan lumo. Tampere: Tampere University Press, 67-73.

 



 

 
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