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Quotes from books about daycare - 1995-99, p20

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Who Needs Parents?
The Effects of Childcare and Early Education on Children in Britain and the USA, by Patricia Morgan, October 1996, p
57
Childcare is certainly an area where one frequently encounters attitudes that are contemptuous of childrearing and barbarous towards children. This is seen as a low-grade, irrelevant activity, which any idiot (literally) could take care of: 'Can't you use empty garages/Nissan huts* and get some unemployed teenager/pensioner** to baby-sit for some pocket money?'
*Nissen hut - a prefabricated shelter with a semicircular arching roof of corrugated iron sheeting and a concrete floor - similar to a Quonsettm  hut.
**Retiree, one who receives a pension
Category = Quality
Who Needs Parents?
The Effects of Childcare and Early Education on Children in Britain and the USA, by Patricia Morgan, October 1996, p 66
A small child may just be beginning to enjoy play with other children, and might be able to sustain it for 30 or 45 minutes. But children are in care centres for eight, ten or twelve hours--having to engage in social relations for periods of time that would stress the most gregarious adult, and are ten times longer than what many child development experts consider enough for the pre-school child.
'By afternoon, restlessness, tearfulness, whininess, or lassitude* become endemic...'
* Lassitude - state of exhaustion or weakness
Category = Behavior
Who Needs Parents?
The Effects of Childcare and Early Education on Children in Britain and the USA, by Patricia Morgan, October 1996, p 107
Introduction to PUBLIC POLICY IMPLICATIONS
All demands for childcare mention 'high quality', but universally available high-quality childcare has not been achieved anywhere.   The supposed gains to the Exchequer which would result from getting mothers back to work can only make sense in the context of cheap--i.e., poor-quality--childcare.
*Treasury
Category = Economics
Who Needs Parents?
The Effects of Childcare and Early Education on Children in Britain and the USA, by Patricia Morgan, October 1996, p 108
Overall, daycare is inferior to parental care. The idea that 'the substitute mother can be the same as a real mother is at best double-think*, at worst nonsense'. In many, or most, cases, shifting care outside of the home means a falling quality of care. This is particularly likely to be true for middle-class children.
*
Thought marked by the acceptance of gross contradictions and falsehoods.  Term from George Orwell's Novel of a Stalinist future world, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Category = Quality

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