Education minister: Childcare pay among lowest in EU

The education minister Liz Truss has responded to questions on Twitter saying that England pays carers some of the lowest wages in Europe, and has among the lowest qualification thresholds.

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@pippacrerar @paulwaugh we really are outlier in Europe paying v. low salaries - GBP 6.60 per hour and low qual requirements.

She also responded to suggestions that very young children need "love" rather than education.

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@pippacrerar @paulwaugh there is very strong evidence linking higher quals to better outcomes for children -particularly for low income.

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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.