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News - 10 June 2013

Liberal Democrats block child care reforms

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has blocked Tory plans to allow nursery staff and child minders to look after more youngsters, he said that loosening the rules was unlikely to cut the cost of childcare and could end up actually costing parents more.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“Proposals announced by Tory Education Minister Liz Truss were due to see rules on nurseries and child minders eased from September. Under the plan, each member of staff would be able to look after four children aged under one rather than three. The ratio for two-year-olds would also rise from four to six per adult.”

Ms Truss had been asked early on in the process to come up with amended proposals after concerns were raised by Mr Clegg but chose to "write back with exactly the same policy."

The plans were part of a whole package of childcare reforms, which took months of coalition wrangling to assemble and include a new system of tax breaks for working parents.

Mr Clegg said: "One of my absolute top priorities in government is to deliver better quality, more affordable childcare for parents up and down the country.

Liz Bayram, joint chief executive of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY), welcomed the decision and said:  "Pacey is relieved to hear that the Deputy Prime Minister has announced he will not go ahead with proposals to change current childcare ratios.

"Pacey, with the support of our members, childminders, nannies and nursery workers, has continually lobbied the Government to ensure it understands the quality and safety concerns of both childcare professionals and parents around increasing ratios."

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