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Government Move To Relax Childcare Ratios Branded 'Pathetic'

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The government’s plan to increase the number of children that can be looked after by childcarers has been branded “pathetic”.

A new consultation will look at increasing the number of children that can be looked after by each staff member in early years settings, with proposals to change staff-to-child ratios from 1:4 to 1:5 for two-year-olds.

Ministers say this will give providers more flexibility in how they run their businesses while maintaining safety and quality of care.

The government said this could “potentially eventually” reduce the cost of this form of childcare by up to 15%, if providers adopt the changes and pass all the savings on to parents.

But a charity that is the largest early years membership organisation in England has criticised the plan.

Neil Leitch, CEO of the Early Years Alliance, said: “Given the scale of the challenges facing the early years at the moment, it is beyond frustrating that the Government is wasting its time consulting........

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