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News - 17 May 2013

Childcare ratios: We will find way forward, says Cameron

Mr Clegg's opposition to the proposed changes in child care ratios look set to block plans put forward by Conservative Education Minister Liz Truss to increase the number of children a trained adult can look after in England.
Deputy PM Nick Clegg has indicated that he has concerns about safety and whether it would cut costs.

Education Secretary Michael Gove had suggested Mr Clegg was picking a fight with the Tories over the issue to shore up his leadership - Mr Clegg dismissed that as "tittle tattle" and suggested Mr Gove knew "a thing or two about leadership ambitions" himself.

Now the prime minister has stepped in and indicated he is prepared to compromise.

Mr Cameron said creating "quality affordable childcare" was a "very important priority for the government". I think the proposals that we put forward about both qualifications and ratios had a lot of merit."
"Clearly there now needs to be a discussion in the coalition about how best to go forward and respond to the consultation. But I'm confident, as with all these things, we will find a way forward.

Lavinia Newman, Founder of ABDS and a qualified Mediator comments:
“The plans would allow nursery staff to look after four babies instead of three and six two-year-olds, instead of the current limit of four. Home-based childminders would be allowed to look after two babies under one, instead of one as currently, and four one-to-five-year-olds, up from three.”

The plans have also met some opposition from parents' groups and charities - and Labour has said the plans are now "in chaos".

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