Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education


Faculty of Education

First Advisor

Associate Professor Dr. Collette Tayler

Second Advisor

Dr Karin Eskesen


The late 1990’s in Australia have seen major stresses in State and Federal systems of early years provision and have highlighted the need to develop an integrated approach to early years policy and provision to meet better the changing needs of Australian families. As an experienced Australian practitioner in the early years, the researcher decided to explore another country’s approach to early childhood provision and to contextualise her Australian experience from a fresh perspective. In Kandel’s (1933, 1955) terms, this is a classic area study rather than one which seeks to merely to compare and contrast.