A third of nursery workers want to ban...Sweets? Tantrums?
...plastic toys in favour of more natural play items, according to a poll.Err...
Some are opting for wooden alternatives, while others are attempting to make use of everyday finds such as shells, leaves and sticks.Progressives who don't actually want to progress, but regress!
In total, 34 per cent of those surveyed by daynurseries.co.uk said they would like their nursery to ban plastic toys.Is it a practical thing to desire? Reader, it is not...
Sarah Woolley, the owner of Brook Cottage Childcare in Stoke-on-Trent, said her nursery has tried to buy more wooden toys, but found the increased cost to be an issue.
She said: 'There's a lot of beautiful stuff available but the thing we've found is not only is it a lot more expensive, but it breaks so easily, whether it be splitting along the grain of the wood or whether it be the joints of the toy coming apart.
'There's not a week goes by that we haven't got something for the caretaker to repair, to try and fix it back together, and quite often they end up getting thrown away.'You couldn't make it up, could you? But they aren't learning from this. They never do.
She said all her staff now look out for items that can be used in the nursery, and the process helps educate children and families on reducing waste and reusing items instead./facepalm