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"Local childcare and early childhood education policies: in/equality in focus" Lecture by Kirsti Karila, University of Tampere, Finland

The visit of Kirsti Karila is organised by Lucia Balduzzi from the Department of Education Studies "Giovanni Maria Bertin".

Oct 10, 2017 from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Where Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, via Marsala 26, Bologna (first floor)

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Professor Kirsti Karila will present an overview to the large-scale, longitudinal Finnish CHILDCARE –research project (funded by the Strategic Council Academy of Finland). The CHILDCARE Consortium (University of Jyväskylä, University of Tampere, National Institute Health and Welfare) examines the potential sources of inequality in Finnish childcare policies and early childhood education and considers how they could be overcome.

The research questions relate to early childhood education services and childcare allowances and vouchers. Due to legislative and societal changes, municipal day care provision and childcare allowances have become increasingly diverse in Finland. Therefore, the Consortium studies the possible inequalities and their sources on broad scale - between regions and families, and in children’s early education trajectories and well-being. The research applies multiple methodologies and data.

The research project is carried out in collaboration with 10 municipalities and it also has intensive collaborations with the stakeholders. The study provides tangible models and ideas about how to support equality in Finnish childcare policies. Despite producing the research-based knowledge for the Finnish research community and politicians, the project makes an international contribution. It illustrates how transnational discourses and ideals are travelling to the local level policies and vice versa. In addition, it gives new knowledge about the local level discourses.