Out of the shadows: An epistemological examination of family childcare in Canada

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Family childcare, Standpoint theory, Epistemology, Knowledge paradigms


This paper critically examines the current knowledge base of family childcare through an epistemological lens. A brief literature review highlights what is known about family childcare, and standpoint theory is used to illustrate how I first became aware of the issues in the current system as a former family childcare educator. Then, an examination of the gaps in knowledge resulting from the current approach to knowledge creation in family childcare is outlined, with human ecology and social constructionism proposed as ideal paradigms for more holistic knowledge creation. Finally, a brief proposal for research designed to create a more informed path to understanding family childcare is offered to answer the question: What are the experiences of family childcare educators in Canada, and which supports and services are required to meet their unique needs?


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How to Cite

Woodman, L. (2023). Out of the shadows: An epistemological examination of family childcare in Canada. Journal of Childhood, Education & Society, 4(2), 219–229. https://doi.org/10.37291/2717638X.202342260