Could't believe when I heard what Peter Reynolds comments were on early childcare, following the release of 2014 Budget last week I read some comments from Early Childhood Council Chief Executive, Peter Reynolds, which I take offence to as it undermines me and the important work that I do.
"Home-based or play-group-style services in which children were minded by unqualified staff were not the same as centre-based services in which they were educated and given the best start in life by qualified teachers",
This is a sweeping generalisation and just not true! I read Mr Reynolds has said this to further his own business interests in centre-based services – and is not looking at what is best for our under five year olds!
I believe that each family have the right to choose the right childcare solution for their child, and for someone who is meant to advocate for early childhood education to completely dismiss home-based is so wrong in many ways.
Has he visited any home-based providers? Mr Reynolds obviously does not know the facts of the brain developing in the early years and how important they are. Nathan Wallis talks about the importance of brain, here is what Nathan says
" Modern day science now supports olden day wisdom; what is best for a baby in the first years of life is the unreserved love and commitment of at least one adult. We know that the brain connections are driven by attachment in the first year of life; a baby’s brain is firing and wiring in response to their most important relationships. Without the unconditional love of at least one adult a baby may or may not survive but he/she certainly won’t thrive. The bond between the mother (or father) and their baby in that first year is paramount.
The early attachment between parents and their baby creates a foundation for that child’s future relationships with others. Smiling, singing, touching and cuddling as part of attuned, responsive care is necessary to develop this part of the brain. Close, loving physical touch is crucially important. These things allow the child to develop the brain connections needed to feel empathy and care for others– an important prerequisite for healthy functioning as an adult."
What are your views on this??