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I think I'm gonna make that my thing. It's such a good idea.
will win or lose you an election.
and adopt/adapt the Swedish Social Democratic model
did you know that Housing and childcare have specific linked policy in Sweden?
I'm not sure of the exact specifics but since the early 70s any new build of residential properties greater than 40 apartments has to include the building of a nursery school at the developers' expense to be then administered by the local authority - at a collectively agreed and capped rent no less
also, every child in Sweden has the right to full time State-subsidised nursery places from the age of 18 months to school start (usually age 6). Parental leave is paid for 16 months btw. which can be split between parents but the father has to take a minimum of 2 months of the split and is encouraged to take at least 6.
Not sure you could directly transfer this to the UK and the arguments against are that it doesn't leave parents who don't want their kids in 'Dagis' much alternative but it seems to work well for Sweden
Quick, before the referendum closes the door to Europe
I'd do it, but we have family over here, plus I can't speak Swedish.
pfft, commie scum
That's based on nothing but my own fevered imaginings though
but it isn't easy anywhere is it?
the other thing about Sweden is that because it only has a domestic population of 9million most companies are globally or internationally focused and many have very international staff
I have a Swedish friend who works for Ericsson in Stockholm and only speaks English at work
and the mum or dad can split this up amongst themselves?
yes, can be split how you like after the first 3 months which is the statutory maternity leave period. Plus you can take it at any time up until the child starts school
But, yes, I'd like to see the case be made for more state provision of childcare. The market is failing us there.
Not economically or owt. Fuck that stuff. But for the children themselves.
But is it more harmful than the current market-led impact on millions of children where, for many families, there's no point in working because it wouldn't cover the cost of childcare? (Exactly the sort of families being punished repeatedly by Osbourne). UK child poverty is increasing year on year. Childcare has a huge part to play in that.
more from a childcare one. The best childcare (for the children themselves) is 1:1, and anything more than 3:1 is not recommended by most practitioners.
In terms of child welfare and development, the best childcare comes from a single, consistent and involved carer. The best free universal childcare would probably come from 'paying' a parent to stay home. Which I'm all for. I'll try to stop being boring now.
`Childcare` has a very fluid meaning here. Bottom line is some kind of state-sanctioned reform is needed. Even if that is the introduction of a living wage type policy into which the cost of childcare is weighted.
file under: ideal.
likelihood: slim to zero
I love the thought process of the current government re: "We must MAKE WORK PAY".
Interesting use of language, seeing as they are going about it in the most topsy-turvy way possible.
but the world ain't an ideal so free childcare to 4yo is worth considering.
The political lexicon in this country is such that we'll do well to get further than the cries of NANNY STATE - a phrase which I suspect the OP was baiting.
as ALMOST free, like £10 per day and doing it by matching up parents (lets face it mostly women) who want to stay home and match them up with someone who wants to work and skill them up to look after 3 or 4 kids at a time. Or doing it more of an educational context.
I don't know much about childhood psychology but I'm pretty sure loads of kids already do go to nurseries from the age of 3 or 4. Let's just make them free so that all kids can and then have the shared experience of it.
In any case, the single biggest factor that prevents child poverty is having parents who work. If they cant work because nursery provision is so inflexible and expensive, they won't.
Would never happen under a tory government because they think the answer is for poor people to not have children. Don't think Labour would adopt it for manifesto. Think we need a national movement.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> child poverty
is too complicated for that sort of equation to be made, and that loads of kids already being at nursery (where their needs cannot be optimally met) is a significant contributing factor to continued child poverty and adult deprivation, so I don't really agree with that specifically. But we both seem to think that children are pretty much the most important thing, so it seems like it'd be silly to have a protracted discussion or argument about it.
and when I look into this more I will talk to people who know more about childcare and early years education than me. Genuinely want to make my research about childcare now. so excited.
The Research department where I work do really good stuff on this subject. I'm working on a report now comparing early years enrollment (among other things) to that of 50 years ago, as well as contemporary international figures. What's depressing about it is not really that the UK is comparatively 'bad'. It's that it's so average, and so willing to be average. We don't have big enough aspirations for our children and we're letting them down.
what's their take on childcare and adequate housing?
I also think all companies/organisations over a certain size should be obliged to provide on site creches for working parents.
but then you would be paying people to look after kids so the parents can go out and work, so you may as well just pay the parent to stay home and look after their own kid. Unless of course the parent could go out and earn more than the benefits.
My partner works 3 days a week, we pay for childcare two days and Granny does the other day. Childcare is over half her wages, even with this "free" day. This is working in a school also, so lots of holidays and a short day of 9-3.30. If she did a full time 9-5 with a long commute, even a decent paying job wouldn't be worth it at all. So yeah, bring it on.
has 2 kids with his girlfriend. Who he lives with. They both work at a well-known multinational fast food chain. She works full time, because she is a manager. He works 20 odd hours a week because his role is less well paid. She does earlies, he does lates. They organise their working lives around ensuring that one of them is free to look after the kids and, now one of them is of that age, take them to school. They barely see each other or have any leisure time, but they have to work these crazy shift patterns because it's the only way they can avoid paying extortionate childcare fees which they cannot afford.
After last year's budget they found themselves £80 worse off per month as a household, owing to the loss of working tax credits and other benefits (this includes the money gained from the increase of the income tax threshold).
During the same budget, I found myself £40 better off per month. In spite of having no children, and in spite of working full time in a reasonably well paid job.
Not sure where I'm going with this. I guess it's just an example of how families are straining to make ends meet to either afford or avoid the cost of childcare and how, also, the economic policies of this government are making the problem worse.
paying a parent minimum wage (which is poverty pay), giving them no opportunity to develop their skills and employability, would not be better for anyone.
I am going to do this for my postgrad research.
- state indoctrination from a young age
- redistribution of wealth
- reduce gender inequality
- increased tax from those now in work
- longterm benefit of high quality early years education
you're reactionary Tory scum
How would you fund it?
That already go on childcare.
do you know a writer/academic called Clara Greed DD? I think you'd like her.
They felt it'd be too expensive.
(via the pdf inviting input @ labour.org.uk/childcarecommission)
it means that children from all backgrounds, regardless of parental income, are mixing from a young age. a positive step.
oh wait yeah private school
RE-DEFINE childcare. Re-imagine childcare.
if anyone's a Labour Party member, you could do a policy forum on child poverty and make this a policy recommendation for NPF.
Also, fill this out and say Labour needs to be making the case for universal free childcare
what's everyones plans for 2015?
Universal Free Education
Universal Free Healthcare?
after primary and secondary education
before tertiary education