We’ve been hearing a lot about the childcare crisis. But it wasn’t until it affected us where we had to stop and think about how dire the situation is becoming. Our own little scholar is currently in nursery and we have received emails to let us know that due to staff shortages they may have to start turning children away. We believe the pandemic has exposed the fragility of a system that places the onus of child rearing on women. Childcare is a constant juggling act for many parents. According to the National Childbirth Trust, a week’s care for a child under the age of two in nursery costs between £263 and £321 per week, meanwhile after-school care costs between £60 and £70 a week. Currently, one adult can be in charge of four two-year-olds, however the Government has proposed to increase this to five. We do not think this is a good idea and could affect a child’s safety and level of learning.
It’s important now more than ever to do as much as we can with our young children at home. A child’s brain has reached 80% of its adult volume by the age of 3. This is why it’s VERY important to support this massive brain development in the first 3 years of their life.
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Childcare workers are simply overworked, underpaid and sadly undervalued. What are your thoughts? Has this also affected you? Let us know in the comments below. 👶🏾🧒🏼🧮🎨
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About the author
Natalie is the co-founder and illustrator at Little Scholars Playground. She is passionate about literacy, learning, illustrating, black women in STEM and Montessori.