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Politics in the Playground: The World of Early Chi
by Helen May

ISBN: 9781877372681
PUBLISHER: Otago University Press
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 368
PUBLICATION DATE: 6.03.2009
DIMENSIONS: 150mmX210mm 490grams

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Politics in the Playground is a lively account of early childhood education and care in postwar New Zealand, following on from the author's study Discovery of Early Childhood (1997), which traced the origins of institutional care for young children in Europe and New Zealand. The provision of care and education for young New Zealand children expanded significantly after 1945: whereas some 2000 children were attending free kindergartens in 1944, there were 171,138 in early childhood education by 2007, representing about 96% of children aged three and four. For Maori, early childhood education institutions emerged in the 1960s, but evolved dramatically with Te Kohanga Reo in the 1980s. The place of children in New Zealand's social history also makes this book a remarkable record of social movements. The postwar search for security, the radicalism of the 1960s and 1970s, the rise of feminism, the role of the state in social issues, increasing employment of women - all have impacted on early childhood education. The language of the debate has shifted from 'social progress' in mid-century, to the economic terminology of the 1990s, and some cautious consideration of the young child citizen in the 2000s. This is an account of critical issues for children that will interest parents along with policy makers, teachers, and students.

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