just reading the latest learned tome on childhood matters and saw this quote from Margaret Mcmillan, a 'nursery pioneer...'
'The best classroom and the richest cupboard are roofed only by the sky'
oh my good God, does that mean she has worked out that, for generations, kids enjoy playing outside .. thank you Margaret for stating the bleeding obvious.. because us poor child minders and mothers couldnt work that one out.
Please tell me she doesnt get paid to sprout that shit...
honestly you really think its necessary to have to tell any normal person that children like to play and learn out doors..
and do you think that the 'slovenly shit' ones upon reading this will change their ways anyway?
Oh well, I thought it was very funny anyway, 'keep my knickers on'.., as my late lovely mother-in-law used to say, I laughed my frock off.. Hey you arn't Margret are you? and Hatwoman your trusty side kick...
Well no, Margaret McMillan doesn't get paid - she died in 1931. And she was a nursery pioneer;she fought for reforms to improve young children's health, and set up the Rachel McMillan Nursery School in Deptford, one of London's poorest areas, with an emphasis on learning in an outdoor environment.
She also established the Rachel McMillan teacher training college in Deptford (now amalgamated with Goldsmiths College), and she and her sister Rachel were responsible for a number of other initiatives to help deprived youngsters.
She deserves our respect; and I think she'd be spinning in her grave at the way Ofsted regulates childminders - and schools.
In 1931 most poor children did spend most of their leisure time outside, fact, I dont really know what you mean by stuffy nursery rooms, the beginning of nurserys in Britain started during the second world war and had nothing to do with child welfare but all about mothers doing war work..
also my local nursery has a tarmac play area, and no trees or shade, so the children havnt been allowed outside today as too hot..
You'll have heard of the Fisher Act of 1989, which gave LEAs the power to provide nursery schools and classes for children aged 2 - 5. MM was instrumental in the passage of this Act and it included many of the ideas she had been espousing for years.
Calm it kermit, really, what I got from GS's comment was the truth; there are some shit childcarers out there, fact. Not the majority obviously, and because of the minority, regulations that should be common sense are enforced, which is what (I assume) GS was hinting at.
I think somebody is trolling TBH. Maybe feeding it isn't a good idea?