A1 Journal article (refereed)
Rationalising public support for private early childhood education and care : the case of Finland (2020)


Ruutiainen, Ville; Alasuutari, Maarit; Karila, Kirsti (2020). Rationalising public support for private early childhood education and care : the case of Finland. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 41 (1), 32-47. DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2019.1665497


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Publication details

All authors or editors: Ruutiainen, Ville; Alasuutari, Maarit; Karila, Kirsti

Journal or series: British Journal of Sociology of Education

ISSN: 0142-5692

eISSN: 1465-3346

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 41

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 32-47

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2019.1665497

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/66395


Abstract

In Finland, early childhood education and care (ECEC) is traditionally publicly provided. However, private ECEC provision has increased during the past decade, largely as a result of financial support from the public sector. Drawing on qualitative interviews with municipal decision-makers, this article identifies three frames within which publicly subsidised private ECEC provision and marketisation are rationalised: the pragmatic frame, the government frame and the choice frame. The results show that even though market logics and tendencies seem to have gained a strong foothold in local policies, there is a keen interest in universalism and maintaining public control over local ECEC provision.


Keywords: early childhood education and care; day care centres; day care; private services; choice; forms of support

Free keywords: early childhood education and care; marketisation; Nordic countries; choice; public subsidies


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Reporting Year: 2020

Preliminary JUFO rating: 3


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