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Raising Babies: Should under 3s go to nursery?
by Steve Biddulph,
2005,  p. 131-132
While researching this book, I talked to nursery-care (day-care) staff in centres all over the world. Their honesty was often stunning -- it was as if they had been waiting to tell someone the dark truth about what they really thought:
  • I care about these kids, but 'I don't love them.'
  • 'I care for them, but it does get on top of you after a while. Sometimes I hate them.'
  • 'It's very stressful here, we have staff changing all the time.'
  • 'I wouldn't have my own child here.'
  • 'We do the best we can'.

Category = Caregiver

Raising Babies: Should under 3s go to nursery?
by Steve Biddulph,
2005,  p. 132-133
Today the money motive is much stronger in the nursery (daycare)  world and this invariably creates a tension. Consequently, savings are sometimes made through inadequate staffing, cost-cutting on resources.
Governments try to prevent this by accreditation schemes and quality guidelines, but the result is often a kind of smoke and mirrors* game. In Australia recently, disgruntled employees of one large corporate chain told ABC Radio about a large van carrying extra play equipment, and extra staff, which would arrive at a centre a few days before a scheduled inspection. When the inspection was over, they would pack up the extra goodies, move on and things would go back to normal.

*Smoke and Mirrors--a magician's illusion.
Category = Economics, Quality
Raising Babies: Should under 3s go to nursery?
by Steve Biddulph,
2005,  p. 133
Shortcutting on staffing numbers, nappy (diaper) supplies, food quality, crowding, cleaning, low pay for staff, using unqualified staff, are all natural tendencies when profit is the driving force. Caring takes effort and it is often unrewarded, and so easily goes into decline. The consumers want childcare to be cheap, yet cheap and quality cannot go together. If it is quality, it is going to cost a lot. There is simply no way around this reality.
Category = Economics, Quality
Raising Babies: Should under 3s go to nursery?
by Steve Biddulph,
2005,  p. 155-156
in the traditional blue-collar regions of the UK, organizers found it almost impossible to find parents to take up the nursery (day-care) places available. A centre director told the Guardian newspaper:
Parents around here don't want to use day nurseries -- they don't want to leave their children with people they don't know. This is their precious child and they don't want to hand them over to strangers.
We're registered and inspected by Ofsted* and we have qualifications, but they don't trust all that."
*Ofsted = Office For Standards in Education
Category = Caregiver, Economics, Quality
Raising Babies: Should under 3s go to nursery?
by Steve Biddulph,
2005,  p. 157
Blue collar parents are much more reluctant to use nurseries (daycares) than the middle classes. So are immigrant parents and refugees. A higher value is placed on family cohesion among the poor and often it is all that stands between them and annihilation. Many US daycare centres now deliberately recruit staff from (these) backgrounds because these young women tend to be more loving, tender, patient and good humoured -- more natural and good with children. Parents prefer them.
Category = Politics

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