By Bronwen Cohen, Peter Moss, Pat Petrie, Jennifer Wallace
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Another change brought by decentralisation was that each school or pre-school was free to formulate and design its own pedagogical and methodological profile. In addition families in the early 33 A New Deal for children? 1990s were able to choose between pre-school and school, rather than being assigned to the closest institution available. (Lenz Taguchi and Munkammer, 2003, p 21) The national differences that exist today in the relationship between national government and local government are reflected in the sourcing of local government funding.
The most recent entitlement given to parents is the right to ask their employer if they can work reduced hours – not a right to reduced hours itself. ) We have focused in this section on the two nation states – Sweden and the UK, looking at England and Scotland together. In some areas of welfare regime, such as social security and leave policies, this reflects the level where overall responsibility for policy resides. But in a number of other areas, such as health, services for children and families, and care services for older people, recent devolutionary reforms place responsibility with the constituent countries of the UK.
Over the years, the active involvement of the Swedish state in providing benefits and services has been matched by a willingness to regulate the labour market strongly in favour of parents and children. Parents now have extensive and flexible leave entitlements, backed by generous benefit payments. Sixteen months of parental leave may be taken full-time or in various part-time options down to one hour a day, and in either one bloc of time or several, at any time until a child’s eighth birthday.
A New Deal for Children?: Re-forming Education and Care in England, Scotland and Sweden by Bronwen Cohen, Peter Moss, Pat Petrie, Jennifer Wallace