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Motherhood - how should we care for our children?  by Anne Manne, 2005,  p. 228 It is not only the US based NICHD study that has linked early and extensive childcare with problems. In 2002 Melbourne (Australia) University researcher Kay Margetts made similar findings. Children who spent more than 30 hours a week in childcare centres had significantly lower social skills, were less academically able and had more problem behaviours than other children
Category = Behavior, Development
Motherhood - how should we care for our children?  by Anne Manne, 2005,  p. 230 ...in modern societies, on every health issue (such as daycare), the agreed principle is that a person adopting a recommended course of action should know the risks as well as the suggested benefits. Not to inform a person of a risk, however small, is grounds for litigation.
Category = Politics
Motherhood - how should we care for our children?  by Anne Manne, 2005,  p. 231 (Ted Melhuish) also highlights the experience of Sweden, which he suggests shows what parents will do if given a real choice: 'The Swedish case is very revealing--there was high-quality care available to all and heavily subsidised. It was widely used in the 70s and 80s, but in the early 90s, parental leave was increased and now there is remarkably little used of childcare under 18 months. Parents voted with their feet.'
Category = Politics
Motherhood - how should we care for our children?  by Anne Manne, 2005,  p. 231-232 Many academics have now staked their reputations on claims that childcare is not just 'safe' but 'better'.
Category = Politics
Motherhood - how should we care for our children?  by Anne Manne, 2005,  p. 232 The major stakeholders and beneficiaries (of daycare) now include the billion-dollar for-profit daycare industry. Even socially conservative governments now won't seriously oppose their interests--whether in raising care quality, increasing staff and paying them decently.
Category = Economics,  Politics
Motherhood - how should we care for our children?  by Anne Manne, 2005,  p. 232 The mantra* 'It's only the Quality of Care that Counts' has worked as a societal alibi**, and prevented us from asking the important questions. Childcare centres explicitly for sick children have begun opening their doors. A new 48-hour for-profit centre opened in Melbourne (Australia) in 2003, offering not just 12 hours of care, not just 24 hours, but the option of depositing children for a full 48 hours, even sleeping nights there.
Come to think of it, why not corporate-funded orphanages for the first few years of life? If it is truly only the 'quality of care that counts', why not?
*Mantra = a word or phrase which is often repeated and which sometimes expresses a belief.
**Alibi = an excuse, esp. to avoid blame.
Category = Economics, Politics
Motherhood - how should we care for our children?  by Anne Manne, 2005,  p. 235 Cui Bono? Who benefits? It is the oldest political question.
The new capitalism, however, requires a quite different ideology--not just of motherhood but childhood. A new child must be invented....conveniently enough never have needs of their own which compete and conflict with the needs of the employer...
They do not need too much parental time or nurture. Quite suddenly, the new childcare discourse--that children don't need mothers but 'professional' caregivers, that childcare is 'better than home' and that children lose nothing by society institutionalising their care from the earliest weeks and months of life--can be seen for what it is. The ideology of childhood that the new capitalism has to have.
Category = Politics

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