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 Quotes from books about daycare - 2005-2006, p5


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Motherhood - how should we care for our children? 
by Anne Manne,
©2005,  p. 291 also subject to economies of scale. Prue Walsh, a play environment consultant, described some of the physical environments in crèches, and decried the fact that more space was devoted to the childcare car parks* than to space for playing.
"...They just want to cut costs and maximise profits. It has resulted in child ghettos and baby factories."
*car parks = parking lots
Category = Economics, Quality
Motherhood - how should we care for our children? 
by Anne Manne,
©2005,  p. 291-292
In Child Care In Context, there is a photo of Chinese babies at crèche. They are in a circle, their little bare rumps planted on potties. Their faces are blank. They are being encouraged to defecate or urinate on command, to save the energies of caretakers who have so many to care for. Joint pottying is an efficient economy of scale.
Category = Economics, Quality
Motherhood - how should we care for our children? 
by Anne Manne,
©2005,  p. 294
Centre-based care has inbuilt breakages in continuity and fragmentary experiences even when caregiver stability is high, as a baby shifts from the babies' room to the toddlers' room and then to the room for older preschoolers. For a twelve-hour day, morning and afternoon shifts will be needed, while replacement staff will be needed for holidays and sick leave.
Category = Behavior, Development, Quality
Motherhood - how should we care for our children? 
by Anne Manne,
©2005,  p. 296

Part of the smoke and mirrors* of McDonaldisation is the trick that quantity means quality. We can see this in the illusion in the system of childcare. On the outside of a childcare centre there is often a list with little stars beside them such as:
-Open long hours, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
-Babies welcome
Some of these items are clearly against the interest of children (like babies being taken at any age, for long hours) yet are presented as just one more impressive item on a hit list of virtues.
*smoke and mirrors = something that distorts or blurs facts, figures, etc., like a magic or conjuring trick; artful deception.
Category = Politics

Motherhood - how should we care for our children? 
by Anne Manne,
©2005,  p. 297-298
The potato used in McDonald's is standardised. It is not too small or too big or a squiggly shape--but the product of engineering to create a neatness of fit between the potato and the institution of fast food...
Whole fields...are filled with this one sort of potato. The standardised potato emerges within McDonaldisation because that system, with its premiums on efficiency, calculability and predictability, selects out one kind of potato which possesses certain competitive advantages.
There is in McChildcare the equivalent--a strong impulse towards a standardised child. The smooth operation of the institution is best served by the not too small, too sensitive, too shy, too quiet, too reserved, to dreamy, too sniffly, and especially not too attached child.
Category = Politics


 Quotes from books about daycare - 2005-2006, p5


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