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CHILDCARE DEBATE

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It has been argued that childcare is simply a reflection of changing working patterns and family arrangements. However, it could also be argued that work patterns have changed because of the availability and government subsidizing of childcare. (more)

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 It could also be argued that ECE is simply an extension of the nanny state – that ‘professional child-carers’ can look after your children better than you can. This is the same ideology which says that politicians know better than you do how to raise your children (the anti-smacking law), how to educate your child in the area of sex, whether your child should have a vaccine, take contraceptives, and even whether they should have an abortion.(more)
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 According to a recent report in the NZ Herald, the number of children under 2 in childcare leaped 47% in the last nine years and now includes 25% of all infants aged 0 and 1. Combine that with 57% of 2-year-olds also in care, New Zealand’s total of 36% of all those under three in childcare is now among the highest in the world.(more)
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 As child expert and author of “Raising Babies” Steve Biddulph says, childcare is too much, too early and too long for our children. Yet our government seems totally focused on pouring millions and millions of taxpayer money into encouraging parents to leave their children for longer periods of time in so-called professional daycare.(more)
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 Of 1,500 women questioned in the Young Women’s Lifestyle Survey of Great Britain 2005, only one in 10 said they wanted to work full time and put their child into nursery care. Almost two-thirds said they expected to have to work part-time because of financial demands. Two-thirds of young women felt a man should be the main provider for his family if possible. (more)
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 According to ‘The Daycare Project’ at the University of London, childcare children who went to nurseries before the age of 9 months for more than 20 hours a week showed evidence of distress and negativism at 18 months and performed less well on language tests at 3 years, in spite of having parents with higher status jobs and salaries and more qualifications than other parents(more)
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 The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has followed the progress and development of 1,300 children since 1991. It concluded that the longer above 10 hours a week a child spent in group care, the more likely teachers were to report difficult behaviour once they started school. There was a direct correlation between time spent in childcare and aggression, defiance, disobedience, and demands having to be met immediately.   (more)
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 The findings revealed that children in daycare were 17 times more hostile than children raised at home, and almost three times more anxious. They found that the increased use of childcare was associated with a decrease in their well-being relative to other children. Reported fighting and other measures of aggressive behaviour increased substantially.   (more)

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COMMENTARY is the Church speaking up for Children & Families?

Source: Bob McCoskrie – National Director – Family First NZ
DaycareNapsI recently drove past a church complex which had the following sign up for its daycare – “Now enrolling under-2’s”.

I asked myself, “Is the church acting in the best interests of children and families?” Should we be concerned at the way that churches have become part of the massive daycare industry?

But what troubled me the most is that we have not even had real debate around this issue. Have churches been blinded by the ‘cash cow’ of early childhood education? (ECE) Have they swallowed the line “Well, kids have to go somewhere so it may as well be to a church one” – without considering the wider implications of the welfare of children and the important role of parents?

It has been argued that childcare is simply a reflection of changing working patterns and family arrangements. However, it could also be argued that work patterns have changed because of the availability and government subsidizing of childcare.

And it could also be argued that ECE is simply an extension of the nanny state – that ‘professional child-carers’ can look after your children better than you can. This is the same ideology which says that politicians know better than you do how to raise your children (the anti-smacking law), how to educate your child in the area of sex, whether your child should have a vaccine, take contraceptives, and even whether they should have an abortion.

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