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Understanding existing service provision
The development of early childhood services
Old issues for new players
The structure of this review paper
Defining the early childhood landscape
Child care services
Preschools and kindergartens
Program variability
Impact of policy variability
Problems in measuring capacity and need
Main data sources
Scope and scale of government funding
The Child Care Benefit
Other Commonwealth funding
Family Day Care
Preschool
Impact of delivery and funding changes
Licensing and regulation of early childhood services
Demand and participation
Participation data – growth in early childhood services
Data on the transition to school
Factors determining participation
Child care choices and educational consumerism
Unmet demand for early childhood services
What happened to integrated care and education?
Concluding comments
Research evidence on the importance of early development
Australian interest in the research
Building the evidence base
Antecedents and overlapping themes
Early intervention program research
Head Start and Early Head Start
The Abecedarian Project and Project Care
High Scope Perry Preschool study
A cautionary note re intervention research findings
Cost-benefit analyses of early education programs
Quality and effectiveness research
Quality and outcome studies
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development study
The Effective Provision of Preschool Education study
The Competent Children study
Impact of pedagogy on quality provision
Competency-specific research
Learner outcomes in early literacy
Learner outcomes in early numeracy
Staffing profiles and unreliable data
Staffing qualifications across sectors and jurisdictions
Variability in staffing qualifications
Reasons for staffing variability
Confusion over early childhood qualifications
Pressures on qualifications and training issues
Occupation classifications
Difficulties in improving qualifications and standards
Who would be an early childhood worker?
Teacher standards and professional learning
Synthesis of the current issues
Ending the care–education dichotomy
Policy determinants of the care–education split
Challenging the status quo
Program development in early childhood contexts
Making pedagogies explicit
The need for integrated, collaborative planning
Building new generation early childhood provision
Issues and visions for the future
Closing the funding gap
Setting research priorities
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