Rising Demands and Varying Perspectives on Early Child Care
By presenting our findings, observed in a qualitative multi-method triangulation we want to shed light on demands set by different groups (parents, politics and employees). By observing these different perspectives of demands we want to point out which are conflicting and which are alike. Furthermore we will show which conflicts and burdens are arising for care-workers in this specific (three-way)-constellation of demands.
Our research focusses on Austria, regarded as conservative welfare state currently undergoing processes of this reorganization. Most of early child care is still provided for free by the (grand-) mothers. Although women are increasingly participating in the labor-market the traditional gendered division of labor is nearly untouched. Austria is an economically powerful western country, with a specific migration regime offering a pool of high qualified migrant workers, what is shaping child care provision as well.
 Qualitative interviews with experts and parents, documents-analysis and focus groups as well as observations.