November 20, 2006

Playwork

The Telegraph reports that "dawn till dusk" care in schools is under threat from red tape, which requires staff who run after-school clubs to hold a "play qualification."

It claims that "workers with years of childcare experience" have been barred from leading activities, or demoted to assistants, until they pass an NVQ in ... wait for it ... playwork. Apparently "the NVQ play qualification is aimed at "supporting and facilitating the play process".

The bureaucrats' stance seems to be that any activity must be bureaucratised and regulated, and that people can only manage to do something if they have some sort of qualification and then have special bureaucrats looking over their shoulders to see if they are doing what it says in the book.

Until the assumptions in this mindset can be brutally snapped, bleating about less regulation will continue to be just that.

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