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Childcare – like life – is about so much more than economics!


 

Childcare – like life – is about so much more than economics

andrzej krauze on childcare

Illustration by Andrzej Krauze

Solve childcare and you win the election. This is the calculation politicians make – whether they set about it like Nick Clegg, rolling out childcare for the poorest under-twos, or like Ed Miliband, promising 8am to 6pm care for schoolkids, or you take David Cameron’s rather perverse course of making childcare slightly cheaper for rich people. Nobody can afford to walk away from the territory. There are votes in them there kindergartens.

A practical family mind, planning what to do with its young rather than how to cast its vote, might ask some questions that aren’t about the bottom line. Would you necessarily want to leave your two-year-old in the care of a state whose Department of Education undersecretary, Liz Truss, famously worries about them “running around with no sense of purpose“? How does one measure purpose, exactly? Is it with a test? Do you want your toddler tested, or even your four-year-old? …

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