Better-qualified nurseries and childminders will be allowed to look after more children in an attempt by the Government to cut the cost of childcare for parents. Critics warn changes to the staff to kids ratios could compromise quality and safety.
A major shake up of Britain's childcare system will be announced today, reforms include increasing the number of children that carers in nurseries can look after, and improving qualifications.
Speaking to ITV Daybreak, Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg said: "It's right that something has to be done, but I'm not convinced this change will even result in a reduction in costs for parents."
Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg says the plan to increase adult-child ratios at nurseries, where staff reach new qualification standards, threaten child safety and would not reduce costs.
"This Government has created an affordability crisis by cutting support and pushing up costs for parents. Watering down quality is the wrong way to try to deal with the problem they've caused," he said.
"Experts are warning this could threaten child safety and won't reduce costs. Parents will be worried.
"With a £1,700 toddler tax for families with two children, and 401 fewer children's centres, parents are being locked into inflation-busting cost rises while the quality of childcare is undermined."