OECD: UK has among lowest child-to-carer ratios

The UK permits among the lowest number of children per carer in the world, according to figures collected by the OECD.

In the graph below, which is based on figures for the whole of the UK rather than England, the blue bars represent the number of children per single carer permitted.

Child-to-staff ratios in formal day-care services, average for 0-3 years olds Credit: OECD

Read how the government proposes to change the child-to-carer ratio in England

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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.