Government U-Turn on Childcare Ratios

Nick Clegg announced last week that the government’s childcare proposal to increase adult to child ratios from 1:3 to 1:4  for one year olds and from 1:4 to 1:6 for 2 year olds will not go ahead. We’re delighted that the plans have been quashed. The proposals have been universally opposed by the childcare industry and parents alike. The Rewind on Ratios campaign, led by the Pre-School alliance had the support of more than 26,000 parents across the UK.

Nick Clegg confirmed, “The proposals to increase ratios were put out to consultation and were roundly criticised by parents, providers and experts alike. Most importantly, there is no real evidence that increasing ratios will reduce the cost of childcare for families.”

This is something we discussed at length within the team and were resolutely against. We were concerned that it would not be possible to maintain the high level of care for the children with such high ratios. We are pleased that this suggestion has never come to fruition since it was fundamentally flawed and, in our opinion, was born out of very little thinking or consultation.

If you have any questions please talk to your Key Worker or Nicole, the Nursery Manager.

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