British parents may be required to attend classes to master nursery rhymes, reports the Evening Standard.
Those who fail to read stories or sing to their youngsters threaten their children’s future and the state must put them right, Children’s Minister Beverley Hughes said.
Their children’s well-being is at risk ‘unless we act’, she declared.
The Labour government plans a national parenting academy to train teachers, psychologists and social workers to intervene when they believe parents aren’t doing a good job.
This autumn is likely to see an extension of parenting orders that can force parents to attend parenting classes so that they can be used on the say so of local councils against parents.
For the first time, parenting orders are likely to be directed against parents whose children have committed no criminal offence.
The government has spent billions of pounds on Sure Start child-care centers with no apparent effect on disadvantaged children, the Standard reports.