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The impact of changes in family structure

The impact of changes in family structure

Key Ideas Explored in this Chapter

  • changes in family life, particularly the role of women in society
  • inequalities in society and how these impact on children's long-term development
  • how ECEC professionals might respond to these changes - implications for practice.

What is a Family?

Society is constantly changing, with each generation believing ‘things’ are not changing for the better. The general public and politicians agree that families matter. Prior to any election, whether it be local or national, policy linked to supporting families is generally discussed. The 2010 Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government pledged to review the marriage penalty in the tax credit system as one of a range of measures to promote ‘strong and ...

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