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Outsourcing is a real parent trap

SO the government is to make £2,000 available to parents to help pay for childcare (News, March 20), just as long as the person providing the care is not the child's own parent, but a paid surrogate. This will enable parents to fill all those job vacancies, I suppose – perhaps in nurseries?

And yet we regularly hear that there is a 'crisis of parenting' here. Just who is supposed to be doing this parenting, if parents are being given incentives to outsource it, rather than doing the job themselves?

MARJORIE CLARKE

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