How new nursery ratios could harm children's development

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ACP member Louise Emanuel has been interviewed for NurseryWorld about the recent announcements to reduce ratios of nursery staff to children and why she believes too few staff can lead to premature independence.

In the article Louise, who works as a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, says: "Research has shown that infants and toddlers need an emotionally available carer, who is 'attuned' and responsive to their communications, in order to develop psychologically, socially and cognitively."

She explains that the reduction of staff to toddlers may lead even young babies to find ways of coping with the frustration of having to wait too long for the attention of adults they depend on for their care.

"They may resort to intense self-soothing, hyper-kinetic activity, or develop signs of 'premature self-sufficiency' or 'toughening up', to evade feeling dependent on others for their gratification," she says.

Read the article in full here