Bilingual childcare

hitches, hurdles and hopes

Victoria Benz

Research output: Book/ReportBook


This ethnographic study explores aspects of bilingual education in two early childhood German–English education centres in Australia. Using various sources of data and multiple methods of analysis, it investigates the processes at work when establishing and implementing a bilingual programme and examines the language attitudes, ideologies and practices of the parents, educators and administrators involved. It addresses the complex relationship between the childcare provider and its clientele in its socio-political context in an attempt to arrive at a broader understanding of institutional bilingual education in early childhood. The book will be of interest to graduate students and researchers in bilingual education, language ideology and early childhood education studies, as well as to teachers, trainee teachers and childcare providers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol, UK
PublisherMultilingual Matters
Number of pages169
ISBN (Electronic)9781783099184, 9781783099191, 9781783099207
ISBN (Print)9781783099177, 1783099178
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameBilingual education & bilingualism


  • early childhood education
  • education, bilingual
  • language and languages
  • bilingualism in children
  • language acquisition
  • second language acquisition

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    Benz, V. (2018). Bilingual childcare: hitches, hurdles and hopes. (Bilingual education & bilingualism; Vol. 110). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.