Just been listening to the news and hot on the heels of Ofsteds latest attack (to many providers are 'only' satisfactory) comes Truss saying that too many toddlers are running around not being productive.
When is this idiotic government going to realise that children learn through play. And running around playing is actually very good for them.
Also I would send ds to a childminder to get a home environment for him whilst i'm at work. I don't provide wall to wall structured activities for him at home either.
I can see a value in ofsted putting this in their reports for parents to compare childminders on, but they should be allowed to choose what environment they want. Tory ideals of free market and choice for parents is looking like ballocks now.
I only hope that these muppets get voted out before they can do too much damage to our children. Today whilst pointlessly running about my toddlers spotted leaves coming out from buds (our project this week is spring), did counting (the 19 month old counts to 10 and the 3 year olds to 20), practiced taking turns, practiced road crossing and squeezed in a bit of a bear hunt. Yep we are all bloody failures!!
Umm, excuse me for no doubt being a fool but why exactly does a toddler need to be productive? Isn't that what being a child is about - not having to worry about your 'productivity'? Only productive things my toddlers did (whilst in my care -0 my CM probably did better ) were coughs and sneezes and other bodily functions...
This woman does seem to be talking a load of rubbish and all the talk of childcarers having to be better educated is frankly insulting to the many excellent nannies, childminders and nursery nurses who are good at their jobs but don't have degrees. Young children learn all the time, Through play, by example and from interest in the world around them. Too many proffessions have been pushed down the university route to the detriment of their clients in our case ; young children.
Sorry about the soapbox but I feel quite angry at these idiots keep interfereing in how our children are cared for
I did sign an online petition about the increased ratio of children to adults idea!
We had an unproductive day today. Just faffed around at the park. The children didn't learn any manners while they ate their picnic, they didn't learn to take turns on the slide, they didn't learn anything with their magnifying glasses, we didn't compare different plumage on birds, etc, etc, oh no ... it was a very unproductive day .