Socialization of Childcare in Slovenia and Its Impact on Informal Care Markets

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Živa Humer
Majda Hrženjak


This article examines how family and care policies related to childcare frame formal and informal care, including the status of work and positions of workers who perform unregulated childcare in private households in Slovenia. Within the conceptual frame of (de)familization of childcare, current childcare policies in Slovenia are analyzed and the peculiarities of the Slovenian situation compared to other Central and Eastern Europeancountries are pointed to: an informal childcare market characterized by live-out arrangementsand high standards of individual childcare, performed by native retired women and students. The empirical material analyzed in the article incorporates results from two qualitative studies conducted in Slovenia researching informal paid care work and the processes of the relocation of childcare, focusing particularly on the intersections of informal (both paid and unpaid) and formal childcare. In English, extended summary in Russian.


Childcare, Care Policies, (De)Familization, Informal Childcare Markets, Childcarers, Slovenia

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