A Storm in a Tea-Cup? 'Making a Difference' in Two Sure Start Children's Centres
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Sure Start Children's Centres were central to the last UK Labour government in improving outcomes for children and families. Yet, participation by those who 'ought' to attend was and remains a focus of concern. Using the work of Foucault, this paper explores parental participation in two Centres to examine how 'government operates at a distance', through the everyday interactions of those who inhabit these spaces. In exploring micro-practices, the humble cup of tea can be seen, not only as a small act of caring but a site of power and struggle over what these spaces meant to parents and practitioners. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and National Children's Bureau.
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