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.
However, 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.
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.