Archive for January, 2011

School league tables for five-year olds

January 24, 2011

This recent government proposal and the opposition to it might seem tangential to FTM but…

How will schools ‘improve’  their school rating? There will be increased pressure for children to be ‘school ready’  and this, for them,  means following the Early Years Foundation Stage from birth to five years old. This will mean formalising the early years and encouraging the under fives to be in nursery age two, prior to reception class.

This suggests that the coalition government does not value home-based care and family life as the best foundation for the early years. Educational ‘experts’ often believe that formal education for the little ones is the only way forward. They are wrong.

“What Babies Need Parents to Know” conference

January 23, 2011

The annual national conference of “What About The Children?”, a charity that focusses on the emotional needs of under threes and that has much common ground with Full Time Mothers, is taking place on 8 March. Click here for more.

Do women really want to marry for money?

January 6, 2011

Click here for a Daily Telegraph story based on research from Catherine Hakim, a former FTM AGM speaker, and a researcher at the London School of Economics.