This article examines the background to and the implications of the adoption of child care as part of national and local social inclusion policies in the UK. It suggests that while the incorporation of child care into urban regeneration strategy holds the potential to reduce the barriers to labour market involvement by mothers in low-income households, less positive effects are also identifiable. Interim findings are used to illustrate that the commodification of care within economic regeneration policies establishes care work as low-paid, insecure employment. It concludes by arguing that a more critical evaluation of both the social and economic aspects of child care in area regeneration and social inclusion policies is needed.
- economic regeneration policies
- social inclusion policies