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The quality-defining process in early years services: a case study

Lewis, Jane, Tanner, Emily and Welsh, Elaine (2006) The quality-defining process in early years services: a case study. Children and Society, 20 (1). pp. 4-16. ISSN 0951-0605

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Abstract

n this article we argue, through a case study in a large, urban local authority in England, that local stakeholders in early years provision express a variety of perspectives on quality but are constrained by a national framework which promotes an ‘official’ definition of quality. We offer a quality-defining model that captures the role of both ‘official’ definitions and more pluralistic approaches to quality. Finally, we highlight mechanisms already in place in the structure of early years services that could offer social spaces for the quality-defining process to take place.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref...
Additional Information: © 2006 Wiley-Blackwell
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2008 15:09
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/15009/

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