Do we have to end the micro-nursery model?

চায় “Microcratches want to minimize, that’s not enough”

Mary Race A nursery psychologist, former director of the Pickler-Logie France Association.

The problems raised by micro-crutches have long been highlighted by childhood professionals. This is a multiple problem. These were made because there is a dearth of places in our crche. So it was proposed to create smaller structures, less difficult to set up. The problem that quickly arose was that they were deregulated with the biggest crutches aimed at promoting their appearance.

The problem also comes from the fact that many micro-crচches are run by private companies, which have no public interest purpose, but rather a for-profit one. They are trying to reduce staff as much as possible, especially qualified staff. Micro-nurseries want to have a minimum, and we can clearly see that the minimum is not enough to be with and support professionals in this sector.

Poorly trained and low paid workers

It is not easy to welcome small children. We often think that the love of children is enough to know how to do it, but it is a profession in its own right, which requires a qualification. It is a question of welcoming children into a community when they are not at the stage of their development where they are ready to spend the whole day with others. Adults should play a mediating role. Professionals must be trained, better trained, because they participate alongside parents in shaping children, especially through socialization and consideration of others.

This is a very important social problem: Parents often hand over their children blindly because they feel they are dealing with trained professionals. The latter can also participate more: as a rule, they have the right to see what happens in the crche.

We also need, and it is important, a salary consistent with the work of these professionals. There may be an hour’s breadth of nine or ten hours a day, and for an indecent salary considering these people responsible for the education of these young children.

Political choice

It should be emphasized, however, that some micro-crutches work very well and should not be generalized. Perhaps we need the private sector, because the public sector cannot meet the demand, but needs better control. So the central question is much broader and it is based on a question of general principle: What place do we place early childhood in society? These are political choices.

“Micro-crচches are essential players in childhood”

Fanny Schosler Vice-President of Regroupement des enterprises de microcrèches (Remi).

The fact that micro-crচches are personal does not mean that they are profitable at any cost, detrimental to the well-being of children. Although mostly for the benefit of micro-crচches, some municipalities and so the public. So we cannot oppose the public vs. private argument. Then, the rules are the same for all models of micro-crutches: for example, they allow a childhood professional to practice alone with a maximum of three children. From four children, it takes two. Finally, it is a misleading discourse to talk about profit because, in Regroupement d’entreprises de microcrèches (Remi), managers get a legal minimum wage compared to childhood professionals who go to the field and often work longer hours. .

Today, municipalities rely on individual advertisers to develop various offers for their components. Thus microcratches represent the largest number of new childcare places in rural and urban areas and have been doing so for years. However, it is difficult to give a precise figure because the data is centralized by CAF. This rapid development can be explained in particular by the greater flexibility of their models, in contrast to larger structures. So in childhood they are essential players, while it is difficult for parents to get child care.

Advanced control structure

However, the general public has an extreme lack of information about this sector. Managers, families and professionals have been warning the government for years about the lack of transparency and lack of recognition of various types of child care. Recent tragic events highlight a reality: structures need to be better controlled, so that parents can identify the crutches whose practice is good, and vice versa, who do something wrong.

Currently, there is no way to control all the structures of maternal and child protection services (PMI) that are being created. In my department, for example, the number of micro-cr্রেches has doubled in ten years, while services have lost 50% of their staff. Within the Remy Network, we are in favor of more control. We are specifically working to develop an independent label that monitors the rate and quality of supervision of private, profitable or public micro-cr সুপারche super-legal efforts, surface area for children or even furniture to identify the most suitable framework for families to develop in a micro-nursery and childhood professionals. Will allow to do which emphasizes the well-being of children.

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