Children develop faster with working mothers


It was interesting to wake up to a very positive article on the benefits of nursery education for young children this morning. Usually the press adds to the guilt of working mothers, suggesting that there is no substitute for children to being at home with their mother or father, rather than in any type of daycare.

The report explains that young children benefit from time they spend at nursery and was carried out by London School or Economics and Oxford University. It claims that time spent at nursery had a 10% positive impact on children, in particular their talking and social skills. Other areas which were measured included children’s ability to complete everyday tasks and movement.

OFSTED annual report published

This article is also timely after last week’s report from OFSTED, confirming that 95% of nurseries are now rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ at inspection,which is a record high.

National Day Nurseries Association’s Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku OBE said: “It is fantastic news that Ofsted has reported another increase in the number of nurseries judged as good or outstanding to 95%.
“Considering the pressures that the nursery sector is under with funding shortfalls for the free childcare entitlement and increased financial burdens such as the National Living Wage and rising business rates, this is testament to the sector’s resilience, hard work and dedication.
“However, Ofsted also reports a continuation of the trend for decreasing providers and places. This is a particular concern when faced with delivering the Government’s pledge to increase funded hours to 30 per week from September next year. This is a real worry for the future sustainability of the sector at a time when it needs to be expanding to deliver the expected increased demand for the 30 hours.
“Nurseries need to feel confident enough that they can offer these 30 hours while remaining sustainable. If Government funding is not sufficient to cover delivery costs, they need to be allowed to charge parents for extras as a condition of a place, something we will continue to campaign for.”