Nurseries and childminders will be allowed to look after more children as part of coalition efforts to cut childcare costs.
Education minister Liz Truss will announce today that the ratio of adult to children will be relaxed where the carers' qualifications meet new standards.
Those staff deemed qualified enough will be able to take charge of six two-year-olds rather than four while the ratio for under-ones will go up from three to four.
The changes, which have been criticised as lowering standards, will be brought in alongside reforms that will see higher qualifications required of those caring for pre-schoolers.
More top news
Around 40% expressed concerns over the effect their job had on their health, a survey has revealed.
High street stores con customers by offering "discounts" which offer little to no savings - and may end up costing more, Which? has claimed.
Britain has claimed victory over Germany in a special football match marking 100 years since the near-legendary WWI Christmas truce match.