Childcare Arrangements During the ‘Gap Year’
Following the structure of the previous chapter, the discussion in this one focuses on routine care arrangements for children aged two-to-three, the ‘gap year’ of Romanian family policy given the absence of paid leave schemes and the severely limited availability of public ECEC service provision for under-threes. Following a detailed account of the care ideals and the competing hierarchies of care ideals informing families’ childcare decisions, the chapter expands on care arrangements typical for children of this age. Another contribution of this chapter is the articulation of a taxonomy of childcare decision-making, developed inductively using interview dyads with mothers and fathers in the same families. Describing three different models of childcare decision-making, this chapter questions whether decisions to do with young children’s routine care are first and foremost those of mothers.
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