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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Infants switching from childcare to school are bereaved


In response to Kathy Gyngell: Mother knows best about childcare. Still we waste £5 billion a year on a failed experiment, Anna055 wrote:

It’s not just the factory farm upbringing that is the problem (though of course it is). It is the fact that these poor children will be bound to attach to the people they see most (i.e. the child carer given primary charge of them). When they go to school they will stop seeing the person they are most attached to. The school will then have to cope with children who are, in effect, suffering from bereavement. They may, in fact, have suffered multiple bereavements if their nursery carer has left the job and been replaced by someone else while they are at the nursery. That will really help the outcomes for this generation of children, won’t it?

I’m not blaming most of the parents by the way. We have created a society where it is very difficult for parents who choose to stay at home. House prices (and rents too presumably) are so much greater compared to income than they were when I was a young stay-at-home mum. In addition, benefits have been targeted at working parents, effectively reducing help for two-parent families where one parent chooses to stay at home and so on. All of this puts the most enormous pressure on families with small children.

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