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.

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Mothers vent their frustration at childcare proposals

Mothers and carers have been debating the government proposals on the Mumsnet website.

They are almost unanimously opposed to the idea of raising child-to-carer ratios and demanding higher qualifications for carers.

Here is a selection of the comments:

How can this possibly improve childcare standards? Common sense says more children, less attention per child no matter how qualified the staff. The proposal also seems to think this will lower costs. It won't. Costs per child will be the same but nursery profits will increase.

I fail to see how someone can care for four young babies adequately. I do fear it will lead to accidents or even worse ... If I had a young baby now, I would be worried all the time whilst I was at work with these proposed ratios.

I didn't get C at GCSE English and I'm a nursery nurse. But there are some childcare workers out there who have difficulty talking in sentences and I worked with one who had trouble reading. You also need a level of English to write all the lovely reports and observations and to do the planning.

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