We can catch the divide and incompatibility between the home and the school in conversations, and in the words of parents and teachers. So too with our habits: historically, it has been convenient to assume that school is
the only place where education happens. The richest in society seemed to act in that belief by sending their children away to privileged residential schools, while earlier employing governesses to educate their offspring. The very rich still do. Meanwhile, within the state sector, 'care' - a matter for the family and Social Services - was counterpoised with 'education' . So, right at the beginning of life, the poorest were encouraged to see 'day nurs eries' as care institutions to park their children and 'nursery schools and classes' where education took place.