The Government proposal to ‘improve’ childcare is confused and dangerous. As Labour MP, Lucy Powell outlines in her article (http://labourlist.org/2013/01/the-childcare-crisis-the-governments-plans-are-confused-and-dangerous/ ) the Tories want to allow child minders and nursery staff to look after more young children than at present. How can this be an improvement? Each child will inevitably receive less support with consequent concerns about child safety and less one-to-one with the adult. This inter-action is vital in the early development of a child’s brain.
This news comes at the same time as the release of research by the Labour Party showing that there are 401 fewer Sure Start centres now than in 2010 thanks to closures and mergers. Read more details here (http://labourlist.org/2013/01/sure-start-cuts-and-closures-in-numbers/ ) This ConDem Government needs to go before they do any more damage to the lives of ordinary people.