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The design of policy tools reveals underlying biases that are not easily identified in policy documents. A review of two early childhood education and care subsidies in Ireland aimed at different target populations exposes differential treatment of children, parents and service providers. It also demonstrates how in a split system ‘early education’ is prioritised over ‘childcare’. The designs serve to reinforce stereotypes that enable the powerful and advantaged to accrue benefits while those perceived to be less deserving are burdened through the maldistribution of resources.
O'Donoghue Hynes, B., Hayes, N. (2011) Who benefits from early childcare subsidy design in Ireland? Journal of Poverty and Social Justice , vol. 19, no. 3, pp.277- 288. doi:10.1332/175982711X597017
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