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This article is dedicated to the standard practice of psychoanalysis by infant carers in “parent-run” day care centers. This particular type of associative body, run by parents through an elected board of directors with (full) employer’s legal status may be justified precisely because the infant carers attain a privileged position often combined with a management role. The article strives to describe and analyze this specific setup which combines the task of collective reception for the small children of professional carers (mostly females) and parents/users, who play a voluntary role nonetheless (rather than mere service users). It shows that calling upon “psy” expertise by infant carers guarantees their future within the organization. They may thus define themselves in terms of qualified professionals whilst parents are left to carry out the least rated tasks (namely, supervision).

Sandrine Garcia
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