The Rise of the For-Profit Child Care Sector: Implications for Choosing Quality Child Care in Northern Regional Australia

The outcomes of this research were achieved by using a qualitative methodology informed by a feminist perspective. The study focused on the experiences of parents/carers in large regional cities, with populations greater than 50,000, in northern Australia. The qualitative semi-structured, in-depth interview was chosen as the data gathering technique. Parents/carers were interviewed in each of the following regional cities; Cairns, Mackay and Darwin. These parents/carers were using either community-based or for-profit long day care, or searching for these child care services. Respondents were recruited on a voluntary basis through the distribution of recruitment flyers to all types of long day care centres and public locations such as libraries and university campuses. Each respondent was interviewed once and interviews lasted for approximately one hour. The focus of the interview questions was: • the experience of choosing and locating child care in a large regional city • exploring the link between child care choice and quality • views on community-based and for-profit long day care facilities The interviews were transcribed and analysed using the grounded theory techniques of coding and theme development.

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    The outcomes of this research were achieved by using a qualitative methodology informed by a feminist perspective. The study focused on the experiences of parents/carers in large regional cities, with populations greater than 50,000, in northern Australia. The qualitative semi-structured, in-depth interview was chosen as the data gathering technique. Parents/carers were interviewed in each of the following regional cities; Cairns, Mackay and Darwin. These parents/carers were using either community-based or for-profit long day care, or searching for these child care services. Respondents were recruited on a voluntary basis through the distribution of recruitment flyers to all types of long day care centres and public locations such as libraries and university campuses. Each respondent was interviewed once and interviews lasted for approximately one hour. The focus of the interview questions was: • the experience of choosing and locating child care in a large regional city • exploring the link between child care choice and quality • views on community-based and for-profit long day care facilities The interviews were transcribed and analysed using the grounded theory techniques of coding and theme development.

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    • childcare
    • policy
    • regional australia
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    • - Ian Potter Foundation - Community Wellbeing Grant: The Rise of the For-Profit Child Care Sector: Implications for Choosing Quality Child Care in Northern Regional Australia
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    People and Societies in the Tropics
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    • 160703 - Social Program Evaluation
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    • 949999 - Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
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  • Start Date 2009/08/01
  • End Date 2010/08/31
  • Time Period This was a time of substantial change in the childcare sector
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    Physical Location Room 248, Building 4, Douglas Campus, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.
    The Data Manager is: Nonie Harris
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      Name Harris, Nonie, and Tinning, Beth (2015) When feminist ideas are hijacked: women's experience of the contemporary childcare landscape. In: Raith, Lisa, Jones, Jenny, and Porter, Marie, (eds.) Mothers at the Margins: stories of challenge, resistance and love. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 172-186.
    • URL http://www.cambridgescholars.com/mothers-at-the-margins
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    • Name Harris, Nonie, and Tinning, Beth (2012) Hearing parents' and carers' voices: experiences of accessing quality long day care in northern regional Australia. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37 (3). pp. 14-21.
    • URL http://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/23936/
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    Citation Harris, Nonie (2015): The Rise of the For-Profit Child Care Sector: Implications for Choosing Quality Child Care in Northern Regional Australia. James Cook University.