Day care was in the news earlier this year. In January, the UK government announced that the rules about the ratio of carers to children for childminders and nurseries were to be relaxed. Each carer would be allowed to look after more children provided the carer’s qualifications met new standards. You can read about this here.
In June, the government changed its mind and decided that the ratios would stay the same. This was a result of disagreements within the government. You can read about this here.
This suggests that there is disagreement among both politicians and experts as to what good chid care looks like. Some people think that what matters is the bond between carer and child, others think that the qualifications of the carer and the ability to deliver the early years curriculum is most important. You can see some different points of view here.
Your task is to find out more about the issues related to day care and children’s social development on which researchers are still working. Find out what questions researchers are asking and what answers they have found. You will need to decide for yourself what to put into a search engine to find this information. We will look at some slightly older research in our lessons. Please look for research published after 2009.
If you find anything which is good, please leave a comment with a link.