2 April 2009
I received a government leaflet in the post yesterday informing me that 'every three and four year old is entitled to a minimum of 12 1/2 hours of FREE early learning per week' and from September 2009 some two year olds. The front page of the leaflet has a happy little picture with the caption 'I sing songs at nursery Mum goes to work La-la-la-lah!' The back page simply states 'Research shows that good quality early learning can give children the best start in life which means they're better prepared for school'. There is no explanation of this research and no references or studies quoted.
Sunnyboy and I sing together everyday. We sing at work together too. I believe Sunnyboy's best start in life is with me, not with strangers in an institution, and I love being with him as he and I learn FREELY everyday.
So, no thank you, we won't be needing any 'FREE early learning' and we won't be preparing for school.