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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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Plan to alter child-to-carer ratios a 'recipe for disaster'

We are absolutely appalled by this fixation to alter ratios, despite the fact that those working in the sector are universally opposed to the proposal.

This as a recipe for disaster and I hope those making this decision will be as enthusiastic in answering questions from concerned parents and the media when the consequences of their actions come to the fore.

– Neil Leitch, Chief executive, Pre-school Learning Alliance

The Alliance says that a recent survey it conducted found that 94% of respondents were against changes to ratios.

A similar proportion opposed the idea in a survey of Mumsnet users.

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