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In nurseries, “minimum quality will become the norm”

Lying on floor mats, Adam, Oonagh and Naël chirp in the baby section of the cooperative nursery of Moulins, in Lille. Angelina, the referent, sits among them and tries to calm down: Adam fails to grab a rattle and grumbles; then it is Oonagh who is hungry. In a few minutes, the three kids cry and Angelina tries to calm them down, rocks one, sings for another …

“Can you imagine if I was alone with six babies, as the reform allows?” she asks. I should buckle them up in their deckchairs. “ A foil for this structure which places quality at the heart of its approach.

Shortage of nursery places

Adopted by ordinance and in a series of decrees currently being published, the reform of reception methods, which will come into force in the coming days, should encourage the creation of crèche places and put an end to the shortage. Indeed, for years, the objectives set by the State have not been met.

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According to the latest figures from the Cnaf, only 12,000 to 15,000 places will be created in 2022, against the 30,000 promised by the government. One of the brakes would lie in confused standards, varying according to the departments, which would discourage managers. Hence the idea of ​​simplifying them with a clear national reference.

But will this simplification come at the expense of quality? The government denies this and considers that it has made certain advances, for example by setting standards for sound, light or spaces that have hitherto been non-existent.

The risk of leveling down

However, a part of the profession, grouped together in particular within the collective No babies at the deposit!, Believes that this harmonization has sometimes been done at a minimum, especially with regard to the supervision rate. From now on, an adult will be able to take care of 6 children, against 4 today, in the Lille nursery, where at nap time, Angelina and her colleagues join the office of the director, Audrey Mallarme, to discuss their protected.

These kinds of discussions could become rarer. “Opting for minimum quality will become the norm. It is already complicated to find funding to ensure these hours of exchanges, but by easing reception conditions, the State will make matters worse ”, asks Audrey Mallarme.

Such an easing would also go against the effort in favor of disadvantaged families which was however the priority displayed by the poverty plan of the government of Édouard Philippe. “Today we are welcoming three children with special needs and a child whose family is facing very serious social problems. Their referents worked twenty hours more than for another child. How would we do it with fewer professionals and more children? “


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