Childcare a 'demanding job' requiring specialist training

Education minister Liz Truss has called for a shift in attitude towards seeing childcare as a profession that requires training.

She said: "It is a very demanding job that requires great and specialist expertise. I am not trained to do the job. I'm a politician, not an early educator. And I'm equally sure I could not walk into a class of 30 14-year-olds and teach them German."

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Nursery staff changes to cut fees

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.