Ye Gods the woman can get things the wrong way around.
On one thing all agree with Liz Truss: UK childcare is crushingly expensive, costing some 27% of family income, preventing a million mothers from working. But the idea that deregulating and cutting staff ratios solves the problem is roundly debunked by an Institute for Public Policy Research report this week, challenging her claim that deregulation in the Netherlands has led to more and cheaper childcare. Dutch costs are low, as employers pay a third. Letting grandparents become paid minders caused a sudden apparent increase, at a heavy dead-weight cost. Quality fell.
Both the IPPR and Resolution Foundation urge Labour to go for universal, top-quality childcare, staffed by graduates and the highly trained, helping a million mothers back to work. It would cost £5bn. The IPPR suggests paying for it by freezing child benefit for 10 years. But why take more from struggling families when, the Resolution Foundation suggests, limiting pension tax relief to the basic rate would harvest £7bn.
Who pays for childcare doesn\’t change the total cost of childcare. And the UK does have some of the most expensive childcare in Europe with some of the least coverage. Meaning that we\’re doing something wrong. And making childcare cheaper by making it cost more just ain\’t the solution Honey. This universe just doesn\’t work that way.
Research has for decades kept proving that, by the age of three, a child\’s destiny is all but sealed by how much affection, conversation, reading and explaining they have received. Getting no love and no language relegates them to a lesser life.
I, just personally you understand, would be very careful of that statistic altogether. For if that is true then clearly and obviously one or other of the parents of the child must be actively prevented, barred, from paid employment for the first three years of the child\’s life.
Oh, and it also means that we can abolish entirely the rest of the system. If it\’s all set by age three then why bother spending elsewhere?