'Bunkum' to suggest bond with mother will be broken
Margy Whalley from the Pen Green Centre in Northamptonshire said she had seen "very close parent-child bondings in pre-school settings". Eric Wilkinson of Glasgow University dismissed as "bunkum" the British fear of maternal deprivation if very young children attended pre-school classes.
The extension of education to parents of pre-school children as well as the children was a repeated refrain. Professor Trevarthen observed: "Cases of very difficult and troubled children almost always have their origins in very poor family support for children's natural motivation to communicate."