Austria's childcare taboo.
Only 2% of infants under one and 20% of those under two are enrolled in childcare centers or have a caregiver. The country promotes family cocooning for as long as possible, and those who disregard it are severely judged.
My eldest son, who is in a correspondence high school, seems to be suited to the correspondence system.
However, it would be difficult for my second son, who is not attending junior high school, to use the correspondence system.
But that's an experience, so I'm not too disappointed.
UK's 30-hour free childcare scheme falls short for single parents https://noah-news.com/gb/en/politics/2023/12/05/uks--hour-free-childcare-scheme-falls-short-for-single-parents #childcare #singleparents #economicpolicy
My son, who has sensory sensitivities and food allergies, can eat only a few kinds of food..
The people around him who saw him often said, “I feel sorry for him''.
But to my son himself, it was probably an ``unnecessary remark.''
And since I'm a small person, I was a little annoyed by that condescending remark...
Basic reading, writing, and arithmetic are important, but is it necessary in this digital age for children to "memorize many difficult words'' and "be able to quickly perform difficult calculations''? (It would be important for children to become experts and scholars in that field...)
Since our government policy will not change, each family will need to think about the content of their studies.
South Korea is desperate for more babies — just not in cafes or restaurants, please
By James Oaten
The number of no-kids zones in South Korea has exploded in the past decade, but some parents say it's creating a culture where children are unwelcome and restricted from learning how to behave in public.
Well, well, well the privatised 'market' for #childcare is actually a hot-bed of profiteering & advantage taking.... leaving Councils budgets increasingly precarious.
Once again the narrative of efficiency & cost-effectveness of the private sector is compromised by the market reality....
More evidence of a childcare crisis? In a recent survey by @uscensusbureau, roughly 61% of parents living with at least one child said they did not have any formal #childcare arrangements. Get more data here: https://bit.ly/3uyXUit
Currently my son attends a correspondence high school.
Three years ago, he suddenly stopped going to junior high school.
I was upset and asked only once, ``Why?''
He said, ``I don't know.''
Although he hasn't had any conversations about the reason since then, he is currently able to continue participating in online classes at his correspondence high school.
When I look back on my parenting experience,
1. Birth to preschool: I just petted my sons.
2. After school: I wanted to raise my children to be strict and strong in discipline and learning.
3. After refusing to go to school: Let them do whatever they want. Don't force anything.
Switching from 2. to 3. was difficult for me. I only regret that I tried to continue with 2.
Parents need to be flexible.
I sometimes see posts saying, "The school doesn't do ○○ for me."
``They won't introduce me to correspondence high schools,'' etc.
However, it is difficult to make demands on schools.
The school's role is to guide students down the standard route, and they don't know about the side roads.
It's faster, more informative, and less mentally stressful to Google it yourself.
The three day week
An interim report from the Productivity Commission recommends every Australian child aged under five years gets access to three days a week of “high-quality” early learning and care. #childcare
After my sons stopped going to school, I began to reflect on my life.
I personally loved school and hated losing.
I studied hard because I wanted to be the best in both the foot race and the test.
But what was it?
I've been thinking about this a lot lately.
I want my sons to follow their own path without comparing themselves to others.
@npilon Reading Mr. Starr's article, I came away with the impression that Québec has enough inexpensive government-funded daycare spaces. That's not the case however: there's a long waiting list to get children into a CPE (Centre de la petite enfance).
If you're curious, there are more details on the Québec system here: https://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/22/01/quebec%E2%80%99s-child-care-program-25-scorecard
The only childcare in this town closed this year. A new report suggests ways to fix the national crisis
By Katrina Beavan
The Productivity Commission makes suggestions about how to fix Australia's childcare crisis, but for these small town parents, the solutions can't come quickly enough.
New report suggests a path to end childcare shortages but desperate parents want action now
By Katrina Beavan
The Productivity Commission makes suggestions about how to fix Australia's childcare crisis, but for these small town parents, the solutions can't come quickly enough.
There are many different types of people in the workplace, and sometimes the content of the job or the relationships with others do not suit you.
In such cases, some people may continue working at the company, while others may quit and change jobs.
But for children, especially In a rural area like ours, there is no other option than to go to that public elementary or junior high school in the area...
Earning under $80k? A new report says you should get free childcare
By Claudia Long
The productivity commission is urging the federal government to modify the childcare subsidy to increase access to early childhood education for children from all backgrounds.
The most important thing when a child refuses to go to school is for parents to change their stereotypes.
However, it is not easy to change what we have been taught and believed for many years.
It is important for parents to be able to quickly realize that their children don't have to go to school in order to have a stress-free time.
Home is a place to relax, a safe space.
*The House GOP's abortion rights conundrum*
My sons, school refusers, are inferior students when it comes to school.
However, my eldest son is able to edit images, and my second son is able to play online games and use social media more than the average for his age.
Schools and entrance exams are ranked based on the government's decision on what should be learned.
It is important for children to do what they like to improve their abilities.
"We do believe this is largely due to lack of [staffing] resources in our community, made worse by the pandemic," Gain said, adding that #discrimination is also a factor.
My son is not attending school, andI feel that ``now is a very difficult time to live.''
However, it was even more difficult to survive in the past when children didn't go to school.
My son is happy to be able to choose not to go to school.
Since the number of children refusing to attend school is increasing, the style of compulsory education must be drastically changed, but our government does not seem to have the flexibility to do so...
Exclusive: Plan to offer free childcare when both parents work 16 hours a week risks excluding children most in need, study reveals'
Looking back now, after my son stopped going to school, a good thing I did was ``trying to make the house more comfortable.''
However, I was not able to do so right away, and at first I was thinking about ``how to get him back to school.''
I realized that parents can't do everything right, and that parents and their children grow up worrying along together.
We regularly see articles such as "Mother’s educational style passed a famous university."
I understand that there are parents who want to refer to it, but it doesn't apply to so many children.
Because children are diverse
What’s my excuse for posting this limerick? It’s November 15th, National #Drumming Day.
KidsData in the News (en español): @KIONnews/T23 cites us in their story about the cost of #childcare in #Monterey County, California.
There used to be a fixed idea that ``we should eat meals together as a family,'' but now I think my sons can eat whenever they want without worrying about that.
My second son, who doesn't go to school, has been eating alone in his room for the past few years.
Living a life that keeps you healthy is more important than customs.
@CFifeKW: Such a strong turnout for @dchapmanNDP in Kitchener-Centre. Your Official Opposition continues to advocate & push for solutions on 2 Way-All Day GO, #Housing, #HealthCare, #Greenbelt #Childcare.
If you want to hold Ford accountable - send Deb… https://twitter.com/CFifeKW/status/1724488090339741796/photo/1
Between 2019 and 2021, California lost more than 1,100 licensed childcare facilities and nearly 19,000 licensed spaces—more spaces than the number of children in Mendocino or 21 other California counties.
In 2021, child care spaces were unavailable for nearly a quarter of California children ages 0 to 12 with working parents.
This National Family Caregivers Month, revisit our blog series on the childcare crisis: https://bit.ly/3XOYq4X
From #childcare to #prisons, acute staffing problems across #PublicServices call for bold solutions
The innovative #Bayesian model reported in this new journal article by Joanne Ellison, Ann Berrington, Eren Dodd, and Jonathan Forster, incorporates individual-level #UnderstandingSociety #data to generate plausible #forecasts by individual-level variables - including #educational #qualification - despite their absence in the #populationlevel data. Read more 👇👇
I would just like to point out that Ivanka #Trump, one of the wealthiest people in America and the world, claimed "undue #hardship" when she was asked to appear for an appointment during a weekday due to #childcare issues.
While on it's face this is laughably ridiculous, it should be noted that its also indicative of the difficulties many moms face -- much less single parents -- due to a lack of childcare resources and needful businesses (in this case, court) not available for evening or weekend hours.
Also, get a sitter, you rich twat. C'mon.
If #childcare is a key element of any attempt to address the problems of #gender #diversity in #work, then the news that around a third of not-for-profit #nurseries have either cease operations or have been bough out by for-profit providers is not good news.
Not only are the non-profits concentrated in the area of special needs, the shift to prof based operations can only raise prices or reduce care quality or capacity.
What happened to this Wisconsin day-care should concern us all https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/11/06/child-care-cliff-funding-parents-employers/ #infrastructure #childCare
Good luck getting any help from the current House GOP leadership…
How ending #childcare center subsidies ripples through the local economy. America is many things - including dumb
One of the kids I used to babysit has just won a poetry award at his school and is now getting published.
I used to babysit him when he was 4 through to like 9. He's 11 now.
We used to write stories and poems together. I'm so proud to know him!
Around 10% of #mothers have quit their job due to problems with balancing #childcare & #work, while around 40% have foregone #promotion or other career development opportunities for the same reason... so, we can see how structural #sexism (reinforced by Govt. policies) is affecting #women in the workplace.
So why isn't UBI more prevalent?
Because people don't understand the tradeoffs. They need more education on it.
#UniversalBasicIncome is working —even in red states
This book tells you everything you might need to know in 1975, from legal matters to #squatting, from sourcing / using #drugs to #health care, #travel to part-time work, how to wire a house & where to find good free #yoga classes. There’s guides to #hitching & finding #communes & #crashpads , places to print cheaply & #DIY tips, free #education & help with #childcare & it’s all written in such optimistic tones; the freaks & hippies of 1975 really thought they were winning. Heartbreaking, really
It is extremely important for a father and a mother to move in the same direction at home.
If you don't do that, there will be a lot of stress in the house, and sensitive children will feel it.
This is my reflection (as a father) four years ago when my son stopped attending school.
ICYMI: #Community #Childcare Chamber to host town hall event on childcare challenge https://wausaupilotandreview.com/2023/10/18/chamber-to-host-town-hall-event-on-childcare-challenge/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon
#Community #Childcare Chamber to host town hall event on childcare challenge https://wausaupilotandreview.com/2023/10/18/chamber-to-host-town-hall-event-on-childcare-challenge/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon
"... in our white-hot rage, our bone-deep exhaustion, we find ourselves doomscrolling social media—or, a decade ago, flipping through reality TV—only to find ourselves beguiled by a vision of cheerful docility. It’s a brilliant distraction, really. It allows men’s continued accumulation of power, their control over women’s bodies and futures, to go unquestioned."
"My So-Called #TradWife Life" by Anne Helen Petersen
https://www.virginiamercury.com/2023/10/16/state-report-finds-child-care-is-unaffordable-for-most-virginia-families-with-young-kids/ "Child care workers are generally earning relatively low wages — wages that would put many of these workers below the self-sufficiency standard" #virginia #childcare #equity #uspolitics
Do you operate a childcare program in California? The state is considering new ways to set child care subsidy rates and is seeking your input.
You can find the Dept. of Social Services survey (available in multiple languages) here: https://www.prenatal5fiscal.org/california/survey
In the five years since it launched, The “$10 a Day” child care initiative, as it’s known in #BritishColumbia, #Canada, has been life-changing for parents. This idea is now the cornerstone of a new national #childcare system rolling out across the country.
Kentucky had an outside-the-box idea to fix child care worker shortages.
With most of the #federalgovernment's #pandemic #relief money for #childcare now spent, it's up to states to step in with new ideas to solve the many problems plaguing the sector. Kentucky came up with a creative solution that is already paying dividends - all child care employees eligible for free child care, regardless of #household #income https://www.npr.org/2023/10/06/1203182131/kentucky-free-child-care-day-care-workers
Given that it looks like some staff facing spiralling #childcare costs choose to quit if they are unable to #WFH, the use of return-to-office policies to reduce staffing levels doesn't seem implausible, especially if demands to return are applied differently to different staff (?)
How does the U.S. Supreme Court’s elitism influence their decisions? Author Hightower writes about it in the context of affirmative action programs for colleges and policies for child care.#SupremeCourt #AffirmativeAction #ChildCare
US sees surge in child labour violations
What I have come to strongly feel from my experiences with sons’ school refusal, PTA, and neighborhood associations is that everyone's tastes and ideas are different.
This should be obvious, but in Japan there is a strong precedent-based mentality and peer pressure that says, “We have to do this''
Moreover though we say “value diversity,'' we do not acknowledge it.
The Cost of Childcare Is About to Explode
Millions of families are now facing a so-called childcare cliff that’s just weeks away.
On September 30, barring the intervention of Congress, $24 billion worth of pandemic relief funding for childcare will expire.
This funding, part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan of 2021, has been used to provide stabilization grants to childcare providers reeling first from enrollment drops and now from staffing shortages.
With the relief money drying up, programs have only bad options.
Much of the media attention and commentary by elected officials has focused on the prospect of childcare programs closing, a notion fueled by a Century Foundation report stating that 70,000 programs “will likely close … and approximately 3.2 million children could lose their child care spots.”
However, the more likely result—at least in the short term—is that the cost for parents will skyrocket.
How can modern society and workplaces help people be the parents they need to be? Something is rotten in a society that forces both parents to work full-time while having young kids getting constantly sick in daycare. Aside from that, children need attention from parents who are not exhausted.
I read an article about an elementary school in Japan that "abolished homework to solve teachers' long working hours."
By abolishing uniform homework and making it "home study" where children think by themselves, it is said that there was a "positive effect of learning independently" for children.
It was a matter of course.
It is more beneficial to learn and research what each person likes rather than reluctantly repeating.
Are there any UK charities that provide support for #neurodivergent families? Our beautiful, brilliant, explosive four year old has just been turned away from their second childcare setting in two months despite making massive strides in self-regulation. I'm stuck without childcare again, and at my wit's end with how I'm meant to be able to earn a living when I don't have time to work.
WFH however welcome, may also have some unwelcome impacts around #innovation & interpersonal engagement.
But the answer does not lie in forcing people to get bak into the office
was perusing secular sleepaway camps for next summer and OMG who can possibly afford these????
my partner and I both have decent jobs that require advanced degrees and our combined take-home pay is less, week-for-week, than the cost of sleepaway camp.
wth is going on
#Childcare is another aspect of 'broken Britain': with one half (54%) of all #nurseries already full for next year (some with waiting lists) & only 7% with many places available parents search for child care (if not yet successful) looks likely to be (as they say) 'challenging".
The Govt.'s support model is insufficient & drives nurseries to require top-up fees, staffing is often difficult & the stress of managing the situation takes its toll on operators.
Something need to change (and fast)!
Local residents complained to the junior high school.
"Students are untidy on the way to school! They don't have their shirts tucked into their trousers!"
If it's cooler to take out the shirt, including the child's own measures against the heat (maybe), such an individual freedom should be fine, and individual judgment is important.
Adults are imposing customs and crushing children's abilities.
Investing in #childcare is a path to attracting and retaining young #farmers and their families, and a strategy for growing and retaining the rural workforce. As one Ohio farmer put it: “If America wants farmers, farm families need help with child care.”
For the first time in history, the 2 largest U.S. farm organizations have included child care in their policy priorities for the 2023 federal farm bill.
This is big, and it’s an important much-needed investment.
San Francisco Mayor Breed is proposing to reduce the tax liability of sublessors of commercial real estate by exempting them from paying the Commercial Rent Tax for Child Care and Early Education. They currently pay $17 million annually.
This tax, passed by voters in 2018, funds early childhood care and education programs (85%) and the General Fund (15%).
The proposal would literally reduce revenues available for early childhood care in exchange for a very theoretical increase in sub-leasing.
Taking money from babies and children to give to corporations. Incredible.
"Labour rules out universal childcare for young children in fiscal credibility drive"
Call me a cynic, but I wouldn't be surprised if means-tested childcare costs more than a universal system. Old-school Labour managerialism should have been buried along with Gordon Brown.
If "intersex" is not really a familiar term for you, please consider reading this background information why in the #USA hundreds of babies(!) still get unnecessary surgeries only to fulfil the expectations of parents and doctors who never heard of the normal and healthy existence of intersex people.
@cstross @revndm @vruz @hannu_ikonen I know that it's quite difficult to turn office space into apartment space but how difficult is it to turn that space into #DayCare space? Daycare availability is horrible in rural areas but #NPR just did a store on it showing that there is no availability in the large cities in my state anyway. If you lose a slot then you're back on the two year waiting list.
#ChildCare is an equity issue and closing one to help developers should be a big deal.
I have just paid my last daycare/preschool bill. It has been 9 years and 5 months (minus a few in 2020). It's cost more than full tuition at a public university, and for a large chunk of it my husband's had a second "daycare job" to cover it. Feels surreal (and worth celebrating) to not have that on the monthly bills anymore. #parenting #childcare
Most #Medicaid enrollees who can work do. Those who don’t typically face structural barriers to work—unaffordable #childcare’s a big one. If Speaker McCarthy gave a single care about work, he’d focus on universal childcare, not Medicaid #WorkRequirements. Medicaid work requirements are just Medicaid cuts by another name. They impose burdensome paperwork and reporting requirements on enrollees that many low-wage workers—many of whom work variable hours—find impossible to meet. #DebtCeiling
Specialty Gender Composition and Prevalence of Physician Harassment
"Greater representation of women within a medical specialty is associated with a safer environment for both men and women physicians and narrower gender gaps in harassment experience"
Why am I not surprised by these results? Oh! maybe because I have said that #harassment is one of the two biggest factors barring women and also people of color from medical science. Lack of #Childcare is the other.
Can you guess where in Europe childcare is the most expensive?
(Yes, the answer is the obvious one, so you get no prize for getting it right.)
(Not really sure why the article spends 10 paragraphs talking about the German system, and not a word is spent on the countries where childcare is essentially free. Or better, I think I know, but I would really like to be wrong.)
On Tuesday, the Commerce Department will announce that any #semiconductor manufacturer seeking a slice of nearly $40 billion in new federal subsidies will need to essentially guarantee affordable, high-quality child care for workers who build or operate a plant.
For anyone who’s ever wondered why professional #childcare, like those operated by Bright Horizons, costs so much even though the workers tend to be paid poorly, you need to read this #fridaynightdump #SEC filing: https://www.sec.gov/ix?doc=/Archives/edgar/data/1437578/000119312523042032/d441698d8k.htm
As the #Tories consider improving #childcare support (no doubt as part of #JeremyHunt's 'incentivisation' of the 'economically inactive'), the issue of one party 'taking inspiration' from another's policy announcements raises a wider point for the #Tories opponents:
When the Govt. in light of public political pressure & an opposition's policy proposals 'steals' an idea for intervention, do we:
celebrate a victory for #democracy?
decry the cynicism?
claim its 'buying votes' when Tories do it?
"We Totally Promise To Fix The Things We Broke isn’t exactly a slogan that inspires confidence, but it does seem to be the central tenet of this new-old leadership" - Una Mullally on how Fine Gael will suddenly discover that the country they've been running is broken #Childcare #FineGael #ChildrenInPoverty
"I'm lucky no child has died under my watch yet."
1. #ChatControl is not helpful as it negatively interferes with our direct work with potentially affected children.
2. We must invest much more in trained personnel for child care authorities so I don't have to work with 90 (!) families in parallel and risk overlook abuse.
In spring 2020, U.S. fathers did more housework and childcare than usual when both partners worked from home, but the gender gap in domestic work did NOT change because mothers also did more.
@Radicalsocialworker Similarly interested in perspectives / exchanges on #ResidentialCare #ChildCare #YouthCare #LeavingCare #CareLeaver #CareLeavers #CareLeaving #ChildWelfare #YouthWelfare #FosterCare #AlternativeCare #LookedAfterChildren #ChildProtection #ChildProtectionWork #CareExperience #CareExp #CareConvos from all stakeholders, professionals or not, whether critical, neutral or supportive. If these people and topics matter to you too we have common interest! :)