Drive to get parents to work could set back children’s development – peers

Date Posted: 24 February 2015

 A Government drive to get more parents out to work by offering subsidised childcare could be harming children's development, a House of Lords report suggests.

A committee of peers said there was an “inherent tension” between the aims of helping mothers in particular pursue a career and improving their children’s development but that ministers did not appear to recognise the problem.
They also warned that, despite a rise of almost a quarter in planned spending on childcare and early education, the current system could be based on a “false economy” which fails to improve children’s chances in life. They called for more effort to support parents teaching young children at home rather than relying on nurseries.