"When I grow up, I want to be..."

ACP chair Heather Stewart has been interviewed by online parenting magazine Smallish about a new survey which revealed most children would like to be a teacher when they reach adulthood, closely followed by a vet and a doctor. Other caring professions such as police officer and nurse, made up the rest of the top 10 answers in the poll commissioned by John Lewis home insurance.

The article's author Rosy Edwards questions what is it that draws children away from the thrill and adventure of more daring occupations in favour of the caring professions.

"It may be that children's ideas of what they want to be when they grow up stem from their own experiences," explains Heather. "After all, children's internal worlds are developed from their own external encounters. After family, school is at the centre of a child's life; their world is full of teachers who are held in high esteem so it's not surprising that they may wish to emulate the adults whom they experience as 'good'."

Read the article in full here