Despite a surge of policy reforms and Australian government investment in early childhood education and care (ECEC), little is known in Australia about how local ECEC markets function and how low income families make decisions about the use or non-use of child care services. This project will provide evidence for policy making and service provision that aims to encourage child care use by low income families. The direct involvement of child care providers in the research will strengthen its relevance and impact. This research will place Australia at the forefront of international research on local child care markets, and resulting improvements in ECEC policy and services will generate substantial economic and social benefits.
Australian Research Council - Linkage Program