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Quotes from books about daycare - 1995-99, p19

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The Effects of Childcare and Early Education on Children in Britain and the USA, by Patricia Morgan, October 1996, p
53
Production line systems fundamental to industrial enterprises are antithetical to the personalised attention, constancy and attachment basic to caregiving and the process of human socialization.
...while it matters little if floors are swept by different people every week, it matters a lot if children's caregivers are repeatedly changed. The more economies of scale a centre employs, the worse the care, and the poorer the results. This is particularly true for babies. Human young do not come in litters. Even parents of large families have children of different ages.  We often hear how difficult, if not impossible, it is for parents of triplets to manage even the basic physical care of three babies at a time. What hope, then, for the childminder* in charge of eight, six or even four?
*Childminder-  British term referring to a person, usually a woman, whose job is to take care of other people's children in her own home.
Category = Quality
Who Needs Parents?
The Effects of Childcare and Early Education on Children in Britain and the USA, by Patricia Morgan, October 1996, p
55
Plentiful American evidence suggests how 'for profit' childcare services are past masters of living at the edge of compliance when it comes to regulations related, for example, to training or staff ratios. One way is to hire the minimum number of trained staff allowed and structure the classes in 'accordion style':
A few children arrive between 7:00 and 8:00 and are placed in a room with one caregiver. At 8:00 more children arrive, so the group is divided and two caregivers are now required ... By 9:00, most children have arrived, four groups are created, and perhaps as many as six caregivers are available. At the end of the day the accordion folds back up ... From the child's perspective, it is possible to experience five different groups of peers and at least that many different staff during a single day.
Category = Regulation, Quality
Who Needs Parents?
The Effects of Childcare and Early Education on Children in Britain and the USA, by Patricia Morgan, October 1996, p
56
If childcare is a business, then the profit motive is bound to dominate questions of space, time, staff services, children's experiences, and the overall social and physical landscape. Overwhelmingly, worldwide evidence is that 'for profit' provisions tend to be the low-quality provisions.
While there is much glossy deception involved in selling the product, the outcome of a system in which children are 'instrumental resources, the parents are consumers ... is frequently an abusive childcare system.'
Category = Economics, Quality

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