We should celebrate our nurseries and those who work in them

15 Nov

By Deborah Lawson, General Secretary

The report on Good Morning Britain today (15 November 2016) , “Are nurseries safe?“,  was disturbing. There is no doubt that children’s welfare and safety are paramount. The practices captured by secret filming were unacceptable. One example of poor practice is one too many.

GMBHowever, sensationalized reporting (“Are nurseries safe?”, “Catalogue of injuries in nurseries and pre-schools revealed”, “How safe is your nursery?”) and presenting one example of bad practices as representative of all nurseries is harmful, undermines early years professionals and the sector, and makes parents unnecessarily fearful for the safety of their children at nursery.

GMB2We know that the number of nurseries rated good or outstanding by Ofsted is increasing, indicating that the current workforce is delivering more high quality care and education than ever before.

It is time to celebrate and promote the high quality daycare and education that the highly qualified and skilled professional workforce provide, despite the lack of a career structure and minimal pay (often only the minimum wage or little above) and recognise the status of the professional early years workforce and reward their qualifications, skills, practice and dedication.

The early years sector is expected to operate on minimum funding and maximum goodwill. It is time to rebalance the scales and recognise the value of those who dedicate themselves to their vocation. 




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2 Responses to “We should celebrate our nurseries and those who work in them”

  1. Alison Taylor 15. Nov, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    I couldn’t agree more with you Debe.
    Typical sensational reporting from GMB and their team.

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