The stakes are getting higher. Already Tony Blair has indicated that childcare will be the centrepiece of Labour's manifesto at the next election; he promised nursery education for all two-year-olds in a recent speech. Childcare is seen as the big idea that offers a win-win scenario, easing the burden on middle-England families, while also offering the Treasury the perk of getting more mothers into work and paying taxes. But increasingly many in the field of child development feel that we are making momentous decisions without informed public debate - and that those decisions could have disastrous consequences.
My school even celebrates Annual Day and Sports Day once in every two years and we all participate in various cultural activities and sports events on these days.
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6 Education In The US Word Count: 7852Approx Pages: 31 Educational institutions exist at all learning levels, from nursery schools for the very young to higher education for older youths and adults of all ages.
In the novel, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Lily loses her mother at a young age, and as a result, she looks to the Boatwright sisters for love and support.
Parents like nurseries, and at the Asquith Court nursery in Caterham, it is not hard to see why. It is part of the biggest chain of nurseries in the country, with more than 100 sites, and many have waiting lists. "Safe, loved and learning" is Asquith Court's corporate motto, and it is an accurate assessment of what parents want from a nursery. Safety is the first priority for new parents, says the child expert Penelope Leach, and that increasingly leads parents to nurseries. "The very things which are least desirable about nurseries, such as a baby having several carers, strike parents as a safety measure because people can keep a check on each other. They're very nervous of trusting people such as nannies and childminders behind 'closed doors'."
Interestingly enough, my childhood memories are fainter than most. I don’t remember much, and what I do remember always come in brief flashes – memories which I then have to furiously record before they slip out of my grasp again. Yet, there’s always one stalwart character who features time and time again in these show reels. Who has always been my moral compass, and who continues to be my guiding hand. Who continues to be the leading man of my story.
Many of the mothers returning to work who I spoke to while researching this piece were agreed on one thing; however mixed their experience of nurseries and the childcare lottery had been, they felt strongly that they couldn't have coped with being full-time mothers. They wanted to work and often their income was crucial to the families' finances.
It is therefore my responsibility as the provider to ensure that the setting has an effective equal opportunities and inclusion policy (see appendix 2), ensuring staff have the appropriate training to ascertain the equality of opportunities that are made available and support is in place for children with additional needs to include learning difficulties and disabilities....
Only one mother was unhappy with the nursery her child attended. Leach points out that parents are understandably very reluctant to admit anxieties about their choice of childcare, but Carol was the exception. She has always worked, first as a shop assistant and now as a nursery nurse, because the family needs her income. Her third child, a daughter, is now 17 months and at a Sure Start nursery every day from 8.15am to 5.15pm. She had misgivings from the start. "I've worked in nurseries so you can see what goes on; they don't always provide the care they should. It makes me really sad that people like that go into that kind of job. It's not about bad abuse, but about not responding to the children in the way they should.
Sue, a freelance publicist, wanted all the organised activities for her child and she felt that a childminder wouldn't be able to keep him stimulated. Since her son started at six months, she has become a passionate advocate of nurseries: "Among my friends from the antenatal group, I see a big difference between those who are in nursery and the rest - they've a greater verbal ability, they express themselves better and they have better social skills. At nursery, they all have to wait until everyone has some food, so when he goes to school he will be much more prepared."
I refused to go to pre-school because of some strange phobia of being trapped in the prison-like walls of my very cheerful kindergarten and I would cry. Not a sniffle, not quiet rolling-down-cheeks tears, but large
This would trigger off my fellow schoolmates, and soon, my class would be a cacophony of wails. Needless to say, my teacher did not like me very much.
You’d think my mother could have seen the difference between the sunny, likable her and the dark one who’d call late at night. I could hear the ice cubes in her glass rushing forth whenever she took a sip. In my youth, when she’d join my father for a drink after work—“Just one, I have to get dinner on the table”—that was a happy sound. Now it was like a trigger being cocked.