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Second international ICMEC seminar series 2008/2009


On 1 September 2008 Professor Christine Woodrow, School of Education, University of Western Sydney and Dr Fran Press, Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University, NSW gave a presentation on the corporatisation of childcare in Australia, entitled: ‘Investigating the reach and implications of the corporatisation of childcare in Australia: the giant in the playground’. You can find a link to their presentation here. To open the discussion following the presentation, Professor Collette Tayler, Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne provided a response and analysis.


On 15 December 2008 Professor Carol Vincent, Professor Stephen Ball and Dr Annette Braun from the Institute of Education, University of London, spoke on ‘Childcare, choice
and social class’’, presenting findings from their recent research on childcare choices in a working class and a middle-class neighbourhood in London. Their presentation can be found here.

Dr Gillian Paull, Senior Associate at Frontier Economics provided a discussant response to start off the discussion following this seminar.


On 9 February ICMEC had the pleasure of hosting Professor Kathy Sylva from the School of Educational Studies at the University of Oxford. She gave a presentation on: ‘Childcare settings and childcare quality.’ The presentation led to a lively debate.


On 23 March 2009 the Dutch childcare market was the focus of the presentations and audience discussion. Rob Vergeer, CEO and Leontine Diemel, Manager Quality and Control, of small childcare group Triodus NL, based in the Hague, the Netherlands, spoke on ‘Childcare legislation in the Netherlands.’ A note on the contents of their presentations can be found here.

In advance of the general discussion responses were provided from a childcare business and an academic perspective by Carole Edmond, Managing Director, Teddies Nurseries, part of the BUPA Group and by Kazem Chaharbaghi, Professor of Management, UEL Business School.