chapter  1
Creating a natural place for children: an ethnographic study of Danish kindergartens
Pages 16

In 1993 the Social-Democrat government in Denmark announced that every child in the country must be offered a place in the public day-care system at the age of one (at the latest).1 This policy was called ‘a guaranteed place’, and it reflected the difficulties of returning to the labour market following parental leave. It gave rise to a heated debate concerning how to reach this goal, the quality of day-care institutions and, at a more general level, the right place for the youngest children.