Child care in the retail industry in Victoria

Mansour, Gerard (1994) Child care in the retail industry in Victoria. Research Master thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


The aim of this research is to investigate the child care experiences and attitudes of those who work within the retail industry in Victoria and it concentrates on the needs of parents with children aged under 13 years old. A number of issues are presented as part of the background information for this research: a summary of the historical developments in relation to the provision of child care for working parents; the substantial growth in the participation of women in the workforce, including those with dependant children, as well as the reasons why they work; the nature of the retail industry and the structure of employment in Victoria; the various types of child care arrangements which are used by working parents. The methodology adopted to investigate the child care needs of retail workers in Victoria involved several phases: interviews, group discussion, a questionnaire and phone polls. The practical field research occurred in two separate phases, firstly interviews were conducted with retail workers and the second phase was a survey of 893 workers in the retail industry in Victoria.

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Master of Arts

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 1504 Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Keywords Child care services, Social conditions, Retail trade industry, Victoria
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