Morning, yes I know it’s silly o’clock to be writing my blog, but I’m awake so here goes.
Over the last few days I have been made aware of the disgraceful way parents are treated by the professionals who are there to help. Parents being made to feel unsuitable or inadequate as they have been bullied and belittled by professionals. This makes me so angry. As a childcare expert and having taught the subject in colleges as well as working in childcare I know there are 12 values and principles of all childcare the first of which is “parents are the first and most enduring educators in a child life.” I understand this to mean that parents have more knowledge of their children than anyone else, they spend more time with them and are able to tell you this about their children that professionals never will. I know that some of the professionals do a brilliant job and are courteous and open all the time, they want to make sure the children they are in contact with are safe and healthy, and have a good understanding of child development enabling them to make valued judgements. Unfortunately there are also a large number of professionals who have little understanding and a large amount of power.
All I have to say to parents in this situation is to fight for your children and make the professionals understand your commitment to your children, use the laws and guidelines that are there to protect you. Find out about the children’s act, the disability discrimination act, every child matters, EYFS, you don’t need to know it all, but armed with some knowledge will help you. If you want any information about this then please get in touch and I can point you in the right direction.
It shouldn’t have to be this way, but it is and to keep your children safe you need to fight, until we can find a way to change it.
Back into positive mode 🙂