significant economic and social transformation
in the past
The rapid development of the early years sector, supporting
unprecedented levels of female employment, is indicative of this transformation.
While the use of
services can be perceived as a functional act, the process
is also an emotional one, as
parent’s basic obligation to care is transferred to another.
This thesis focuse
on these newly established social and familial behaviours
an exploration o
f relationships between parents and childcare practitioners,
changing Irish context.
The exploratory approach to research employed an ethnographic methodology,
underpinned by a social constructionist epistemology to investigate these under
d relationships. The research findings were analysed through the theoretical lens
of the ethic of care, as well as drawing on theories and literature from relevant areas.
Key research findings reveal ideas and ...