296 – WITHDRAWN – Analysis of 30 childcare policy texts from provincial governments in China under the three-child policy

Presentation - ECV2022-296-WITHDRAWN

Analysis of 30 childcare policy texts from provincial governments in China under the three-child policy

Yingxin Bai, Shanghai Normal University, China (beryl19970711@126.com )
Cong Wei, Shanghai Normal university, China (snuweicong@163.com )

Background: The three-child policy was officially implemented in China in May 2021. As a supplementary service, the construction of childcare services for children under 3 years old is more important and urgent. In recent years, the government has gradually improved the top-level design of childcare policies and continuously strengthened safeguard measures for childcare services. However, research on the implementation of childcare policies issued by local governments still receives little attention.

Aim: To compare and analyse the similarities and differences between the policies of China’s central government and the policies of local governments.

Method: This paper adopts the content analysis method using NVivo11 software to study 30 provincial supporting policies that implement the “Guidance on Promoting the Development of Childcare Services for Children under 3 Years Old”.

Results: Through cluster analysis, it was found that provincial policy texts were adjusted in terms of text structure compared with the “Guidance” policy, but the content is relatively similar, and innovation remains to be improved.

Conclusions: The study found that regional characteristics need to be embodied and innovation needs to be stimulated, supporting policies need to be improved and operability needs to be strengthened, key points need to be highlighted and systems need to be promoted.

Implications for children and families: The formulation of local policies and their innovations and breakthroughs in central policies hold an important role in early childhood.

Implications for practitioners: You should consider the important role of the formulation of local policies and their innovations and breakthroughs in central policies. Local government policies should inspire creativity, enhance existing supporting policies, strengthen the operability of services, fully respond to social concerns and improve the system through a streamlined structure.

Key words: childcare services, young children, text analysis, policy innovation

This presentation relates to the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

 

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