LeoliansBro wrote:There are claimable benefits, I think, to cover pre-school childcare but nothing as comprehensive as that.kalel wrote:It's the difference between public funding of a child's wellbeing and public funding of a child's education. Although there's a strong argument in favour of what you're saying once you buy into the idea that social contact is a vital part of upbringing.
I personally find it odd that we don't have a similar system to Denmark. We have publicly funded education for children from age four upwards, so why not have it before then? Is the expectation really that parents will look after their children for the first four years of their lives?
Edit: IIRC (Mrs manages a nursery) nurseries can apply for funding to provide free places, too. Also, some way short of the Danish system.
Edited by ModishNouns at 13:07:49 02-01-2013