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Embedded in a practice-theoretical and childhood-sociological framework, the research project "CHILD - Children in the Luxembourgian Day Care System" examines the diversity of care arrangements for 2 to 4-year-olds in Luxembourg from the ‘vantage point’ of the children.

The main objective of our study is to describe how theses care arrangements structure children’s everyday lives and thereby create differential childhoods. Focusing on children and their care arrangements, the study enhances current sociological research on early childhood education and care (ECEC) with respect to three interrelated assumptions and objectives:

  • First of all, we assume that the question of how the heterogeneity of national day care systems produces distinct kinds of day care realities can only be approached from the children’s position. Here, the study aims at exploring the Luxembourgian day care system from the ‘vantage point’ of the children. Therefore, the study does not focus on care institutions, but care arrangements.
  • These care arrangements constitute the distinct everyday realities of children as ’situated learners’. In this respect, care arrangements are to be seen as independent settings of non-formal educational processes. Here, the study aims at exploring the hidden curriculum of particular care arrangements and how they produce ‘unequal childhoods’.
  • Basically, it is the children who influence and shape their care arrangements via border-crossing-practices, i.e. the practical accomplishment of horizontal transitions. Here, the study aims at exploring the distinct contributions of children to the everyday institutionalization of national day care systems.

In 12-15 contrastive case studies we will explore the care arrangements of children in Luxembourg and their respective settings, transitions and practices, using the methods of ethnographic fieldwork.

This project is funded by FNR, the Luxembourgian Fonds National de la Recherche (2013-2015).

























Vielfalt betreuter Kindheiten. Ethnographische Fallstudien zu den Bildungs- und Betreuungsarrangements 2-4jähriger Kinder










































































       Cooperating Partners

  • Prof. Dr. Tanja Betz, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
    Project EDUCARE 
  • Prof. Dr. Ilona Ostner, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
    Project Polchi