Friday, 17 May 2013

Changing fears

As your children grow and you let them develop themselves, your fears and worries change. When they are little it is all about making sure they don't fall when learning to walk or they don't try and eat all the cakes! Then they start school and your worry turns to if they will make friends or if they enjoy school. From here, I thought it would be a little bit more plain sailing. Until my eldest started secondary school. 

Secondary school is a new playground entirely! My girl is a lovely, polite child - yes I am bias but I have been told she is polite so I will take that. She is currently learning to deal with many many different types of girls. The arguments that happen, the way they are towards each other can only be summed up in one word - vile. My daughter gets upset so often after incidents at school but I know I cannot interfere and this is all character building so I support her, allow her to have a safe environment at home to discuss it and the space to work it through herself. I wish I could do more but I know it is something she has to learn. 

I do have one huge fear and it is if the arguments ever got physical. I really don't want that to happen. That can mess a person up for a very long time. 

I need to keep keeping an eye I think and take it one step at a time.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Problems with changes in childcare

The concept is great. The fundamentals are floored. All parents would love to think there is a cheaper but just as reliable childcare option, but I don't think this would be the case across the board. 

Private nurseries are run like a business and as such, the owners just want to make money. If they could be allowed to take in more children without needing to increase staff then they will. This would lead to children receiving worse care. Not intentionally by staff but from the pressures they would be under to care for more children. Any issues such as accidents would be the fault of the staff. It would be them that would be held accountable. The question would have to be, would the issues have arisen if there had been less children to supervise?

The idea is great but I do not think it has been thought through. Many OFSTED reports say that staff are under qualified, meaning the owners are using cheap staff. These savings are not passed onto the parents now so what makes the government think the savings would be passed on with changes in the staff to child ratio??!