Childrearing has been a topic of constant debate in Finland during the last few\ud years. The basic contradiction in the debate has been between a child-centred\ud and an adult-centred ideal. However, the discussion on the ideals seems to be\ud on a general level without much interface to the nuances of everyday life. In\ud our research project we seek to ascertain how adults and children create a\ud common understanding. Our data consists of ethnographic case descriptions\ud and tape recordings of everyday interaction at home and in a day-care centre.\ud This chapter focuses on the interaction in a day-care centre. In Finland the\ud day-care centre1 has become an important part of everyday life for families\ud with small children since usually both parents work outside the home. Because\ud children spend many hours a day in the centres, the workers often become very\ud important and intimate adults for them
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