Archive for January, 2013

Politics is not welcome in the nursery

I write this blog with a sense of anger and despair. Even playing Verdi very loudly and a glass of wine could not quell my alarm.  Why such gloom?  Our Minister Elizabeth Truss has decided to continue with her ill-considered plan to reduce ratios (click here to read the Minister’s speech today at the Policy Exchange […]

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Asking Robin Van Persie to kick the childcare football straight into the Equalities net

Childcare is flavour of the week and quickly becoming a political football.  I wish we had an equivalent Robin Van Persie to either land the childcare ball in the net, or kick it so far into the distance that we have to begin a debate that gets us to really consider what we want from childcare. At […]

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The childcare cost mystery: is it time for Monsieur Poirot to visit the Treasury?

We are all aware that the cost of childcare is too expensive for many parents. Yet the Government says it spends £7billion a year on pre-school support? What is the money being spent on? If it’s not going to parents and it certainly isn’t going to providers, then where is it? The case for affordable […]

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