I was horrified to hear of the UK government's plans to make child-care available in schools from eight until six. I submit there is a world of difference between 'care' and a mother's love and a good mother will tailor her work-routine to suit the needs of the child, and not the other way round. When we receive love, we give out love, and the anti-social behaviour and crime in our towns and cities is surely due more than anything else to a lack of love in early life, which investigation would show. A mother's love is essential to the health and well-being of the child and government should take note and deploy its resources accordingly, instead of compounding the problem as it does now. Would the reader agree that a mother's love is more important than 'care'?