Mapping the Landscape of the “Century of the Child”

  • Helen May


The “Century of the Child” was so named in 1900 by the Swedish writer Ellen Key. In its concluding year, this chapter sketches some maps of childhood in “Aotearoa New Zealand” in terms of:

changes in how our society has viewed “children before five”;

the emergence of institutions outside of the family to care and educate the “before fives”;

different constructions of “before five” childhood and child institutions for Maori and Pakeha;

the present context of early childhood services sited amidst new economic and political discourses that are transforming the role of the state.


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Author Biography

Helen May
How to Cite
MAY, Helen. Mapping the Landscape of the “Century of the Child”. The New Zealand Annual Review of Education, [S.l.], n. 9, feb. 1999. ISSN 1178-3311. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 28 oct. 2020. doi:


Early Childhood Education