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Conflicting discourses of private nursery entrepreneurs in KwaZulu-Natal Dr HB Ebrahim International Centre for Studies in Mixed Economies of Childcare 2 June 2008 Introduction - Main argument – business approach is narrow and limiting. Marginalises access for vulnerable and disadvantaged children • International context • South African context • Research context Findings and discussion 1 • Enabling the logic of the market Competitive business practices Social class responses Limited racial integration Tight controls Findings and discussions 2 Disabling the logic of the markets – non market values Care and community spirit Conclusion • The business approach to early care and education is narrow and limiting. • It focuses on the purchasing power of parents. It promotes an insular view of early care and education. • The emphasis on profit making, competition makes it difficult to create access for vulnerable and disadvantaged children. • Social exclusion results. • The collaborative endeavours, community culture and the ethic of care so needed for vulnerable and disadvantaged children is sidelined.