Child Poverty and life chances

Owen, Alex (2017) Child Poverty and life chances. In: Contemporary Issues in Childhood A Bio-ecological Approach. The Routledge Education Studies Series . Routledge. ISBN 9781138200869

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‘Parenting is an activity central not only to the functioning of families, but also whole communities,’ (Whittaker & Cowley, 2012: 138). Over recent years the importance of the parenting of children has been emphasised with relation to the child’s subsequent educational progress and future life chances. Therefore the provision of appropriate support for parents of young children is high on the political agenda of both the previous Labour and the current Coalition Governments (Edwards & Gillies, 2004; Attree, 2004; Moran & Ghate, 2005; Miller & Sambell, 2003; Bochel and Daly, 2014). Positive outcomes for children, in terms of their present experience of family life and its influence on their future life chances, are often significantly weakened by the impact of poverty (Field, 2010; Tickell, 2011). The gap in holistic development between children living in poverty and children unaffected by poverty has been shown to emerge as early as 22 months of age (Whitham, 2012). This then leads to significant differences in later life in terms of a child’s opportunity to thrive (Tickell, 2011: 2). One key influence upon holistic development, during the early years, is the quality of relationships formed within the home. Parental / carer relationships clearly influence the development of the child and thus evidence points to the pivotal role of the parent / carer in terms of the determination of their child’s life chances (Siraj-Blatchford &Siraj-Blatchford, 2009).

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Alex Owen
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2017 12:50
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2017 14:45

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