Good Work in Canadian Childcare: Complicating the Love/Money Divide

  • Allison Tom University of British Columbia
Keywords: Work attitudes, Workplace democracy, Child care workers, Job satisfaction


Extended interviews with thirty seven experienced and student childcare providers in Vancouver, British Columbia, provide data for an analysis of the love/money dichotomy often used to understand work in childcare. Providers talked both about the pulls between "money" and "love" and about their desire for other rewards from their work. This article uses ideas of workplace democracy and feminist social justice theories to help articulate how childcare work can be understood and supported as good work.

Author Biography

Allison Tom, University of British Columbia
Allison Tom is associate professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, where she teaches anthropology of education, feminist studies in education and research methods. Her research focuses on the meanings of work in the lives of women and the lives of people with disabilities.