Plans on whether childminders should be allowed to smack

15th December 2000 at 00:00
* Ministers came under fire this week for pressing ahead with plans to allow parents to decide whether childminders should be allowed to smack their charges or smoke in front of them.

Childcare professionals criticised the decision as "illogical and inconsistent as both practices are to be banned in nurseries and playgroups.

David Blunkett entered the controversy by admitting that he had smacked his sons when they were naughty and found it to be an effective means of discipline in exceptional circumstances.

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