A piece by Kieran Andrews in today’s print edition of The Times, which (unusually) isn’t available online:
Nursery staff have been told not to call children boys and girls as part of a drive to tackle gender inequality.
Staff have been urged to “retell nursery rhymes or fairy tales in a more gender-equal manner” and change names such as Mr Squirrel to “squirrel” in guidance issued by the Care Inspectorate, a Scottish public body. It is part of a joint campaign with Zero Tolerance, a charity working to end men’s violence against women, [J4MB emphasis] to encourage non-discriminatory play.
The guidance says: “Try greeting the children with ‘hello everyone’ or ‘children’ instead of ‘hello boys and girls.’ ”
Alison Harris, the Scottish Conservatives early years spokeswoman, said: “These recommendations appear to be patronising in the extreme.”
The Care Inspectorate said: “The role that early learning and childcare can have in positively promoting gender equality can’t be overstated.”
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