As nurseries close, ideological postures are struck as different groups attempt to explain the trend. For those that support the recession explanation, rising fees enters the equation. This may be related to the fact that most of the provision is private and thus dedicated to profit which, in lean years, may fall causing providers to leave the market.
For some reason legitimating rhetoric seems to be more prominent in early years' debates than other areas of education. For example, the claim that 'childcare is vital to the success and recovery of the economy' is in line with a long tradition of economic justification for early years care and education viewed from the perspective of the labour market. As many have repeatedly pointed out, this tends to displace the needs of children from the argument and put parental needs first.