Just Amazing how well Blair and Brown did really

Britain has some of the highest childcare costs in the developed world despite also having some of the highest levels of subsidy.

Quite incredibly well really.

I recall the stepdaughter doing a bit of local childminding when her kids were first born. You\’ve already got one or two kids in the house, you\’re going to kiddie proof it anyway. Why not have one (hey, why not, perhaps two?) others in as well for a bit of cash?

She\’s a qualified nursery nurse anyway.

And the rules just kept getting tighter and tighter. The costs kept on going up. Inspections and registrations and….she stopped. Driven out of business by regulation and bureaucracy.

That\’s how you end up with both high child care costs and also high subsidy. By deliberately making cheap methods of providing child care expensive.

Well done to New Labour there, very well done indeed.

15 thoughts on “Just Amazing how well Blair and Brown did really”

  1. And by therefore pricing people out of the private market for child-care, you make them dependent on state provision and create a, clearly essential, further group of government workers. Who are, on average, more unionised and more likely to vote Labour than private sector workers.

    I fail to see any negatives in this for the Party, especially as they could (it might have changed) claim any costs they personally incur on expenses.

  2. Is it not also higher because everybody knows the gov is chipping in taxpayer money, so may as well milk it for as much as possible? The higher the charge, the greater the subsidy? It is kind of like housing benefit pushing up rents. If the government took it away, as it is, then surely rents will have to come down.

  3. Not entirely sure about this but my wife’s best friend says she just had to register at the town hall and that’s it. Put an ad up at the local supermarket and away you go.
    Not much money in it, though.

  4. Read the Toynbee book ‘Hard Work – Life in Low Pay Britain’ for some background on this (I know it goes against the grain) – she spent a week as a child care worker in some Foreign Office outsourced nursery, and pointed out that child care workers aren’t especially well paid. I believe that is still the case, but as you point out dozens of nurseries have been driven out of business by the increasing cost of compliance with the welter of regulations produced to provide employment for Labour’s supporters in the Client State. Looks like a classic example of the laws of unforeseen consequence!

  5. Should think BiF’s first sentence is not unconnected from his last.
    And reminds me what a thoroughly enjoyable place to live in, France is.
    Peripherally related to the subject of caring for the French child:
    Back where I used to live, in Flanders, the local sport is archery. This is not done horizontally, in the conventional manner, but vertically. The targets, small feathered objects presumably intended to resemble birds, are mounted atop a 90 foot steel pylon (pieds not metric, note). To facilitate replacement of the targets, the pylon has a hinge a third of the way up & the top section, balanced by a counterweight, can be pulled down by a rope. Many of the villages, both sides of the Belgian border, have these things adorning the public sports field.
    This archery is very popular with the village kids. It’s usual to see a bunch of them, aged from pre to mid teens using serious composite bows, firing arrows hundreds of feet into the air & periodically winching several tons of steel up & down. In our village, at least, there were no locks on the pylon to prevent this. As far as safety is concerned, the arrows have a blunted tip & there’s a small meshed roof structure to stand under to avoid being hit by falling shafts. And that’s it. There’s no adult supervision whatsoever.
    Does the Flamande child suffer from what, a few miles & a short stretch of water away, would be regarded as gross negligence? Apparently not. Maybe a few learn the wisdom of not standing, gazing skywards, under a rain of arrows or not sticking fingers into heavy machinery but this doesn’t seem to be a matter of great concern. The majority who don’t have a great time.

  6. http://www.smallbusinesspro.co.uk/start-business/daycare-nursery.html
    The website above sets out the basic requirements to set up a child care business. If you bother to read the guff you will quickly see why people are put off providing the service.
    Every single requirement is sensible and carefully thought out to give the child the best protection and start in life. Because there are regulations it follows there is an army of more or less qualified LA snoopers to see that you do not contravene any of their carefully thought through regulations. What can be (go) wrong with that?

  7. We used to have a houseful of other peoples’ children after primary school every day.

    No names, no pack-drill, no registration, nothing. Just trust between friends.

    Payment was merely casual (ie the odd bottle of whisky).

    A win-win for everyone.

    Changed days.

  8. Fifty-sixty years ago, kids used to go round to play at their friends’ house(s) after school, or went on cycle rides together in the holidays. We didn’t even have adult supervision. The numbers of times A’s mum gave B afternoon tea and B’s mum fed A roughly balanced, so no need for bottles of whisky.

  9. I’m not impressed by some of the regulations. But they’re laid down by Statutory Instrument under powers conferred by the Childcare Act. So neither Blair nor Brown is now responsible.

  10. “So neither Blair nor Brown is now responsible.”

    And how would you recommend removing those regulations you don’t approve of, Paul? Just try & relax one of them & the usual suspects would scream blue murder. “The baybeez! The poor baybeez!” By the time that lot had got steam up it’d be as if the poor mites were being sent up chimneys with sacks & brushes. It’s the problem with certain sorts of legislation. Once enacted its bloody hard to un-enact.
    At some point the Climate Change nonsense is going to have to be dismantled. There’s a majority public opinion for doing so but it’s going to take a Government with serious balls to even slow down the agenda, let alone reverse it.

  11. Guess it’s time to nationalise childcare then. Come on, Rusbridger, time to start a campaign.

  12. bis: I’d recommend issuing the appropriate Statutory Instrument. Who are these “usual suspects” the government is so terrified of?

    The thing about Climate Science is that neither Dunning nor Kruger has given you a licence to change the laws of physics. So let’s leave the subject alone until there’s a thread where it’s actually relevant.

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