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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.

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

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

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