Another rant about being a working mum in general!
What's the incentive for single mum's to go back to work? I was speaking to one mum who is single, has two kids in nursery and is working but if she sat at home on the dole, she would be a lot better off than she is now because her rent and council tax would be paid and she would get benefits. The thing is, she's not the first mum I know who is in this position and to be honest, I know of one mum who gave up work because it was not worth it. I admire this working mum because she wants to be a good role model for her kids and not be one of the statistics. However, shouldn't the government be encouraging mums to go back to work? What is the government doing for working mums?
On top of that, they come up with a convoluted scheme to reduce childcare costs by reducing the number of teachers. This wouldn't work for a number of reasons. For a start, most nursery teachers don't have degrees. They have relevant qualifications - NVQs etc. but the govt plan to replace these teachers with teachers with a degree. This brings up the question of who would pay for the degree especially as university costs are going up and then teachers with a degree would most likely be expected to get a higher wage. So even if there are less teachers, where would the savings be? Also I would want by children to have as much care as possible. Finally, surely making more redundancies is not the way forward.