Parents do not support changes either!

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The announcement that childcare ratios will be relaxed where the carer’s qualifications meet new standards, has brewed up a storm among childcare professionals and parents. Many believe that these changes will undermine the quality of childcare – without reducing the cost to parents.

A recent survey by mumsnet.com has shown that:

ONLY 5 % of parents supported a reduction in the number of childcare staff, even if it meant that costs were reduced for parents

50% of parents felt that childminders should be able to look after a maximum of three children under the age of 5 (in-line with current regulations), while 20% believe it should be a maximum of two

77% of respondents don’t think the government does enough to support parents with the cost of childcare

38% of parents have considered quitting their job because of childcare costs

37% pay the same or more for their childcare than they do on their rent or mortgage

17% are unable to pay for childcare fees on time

What’s more, mumsnet.com has reported, ‘While parents want affordable childcare they are not prepared for quality to be compromised. The government’s new Childcare Commission should pay heed when considering how to ease the burden of childcare costs for parents.” Anand Shukla, Daycare Trust chief executive’.

Childminding Forum and Penny Webb are petitioning to drop the plans to increase child to adult ratios and have collectively gathered over 30,000 supporters. If you haven’t signed these, and wish to show your support, simply follow the links.

If you missed the thoughts of award-winning provider, Sian Nisbett of Dizzy Ducks, you can read her article here.

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5 thoughts on “Parents do not support changes either!

  • February 26, 2013 at 11:53 pm
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    I’m a registered childminder and have 2 consecutive outstanding grades from
    Ofsted at my 2 most recent inspections. My response to Robert is that the ratio issue has NOTHING to do with incompetence! I have 3 under 5’s every day – managing their needs, developing their interests and giving them enough individual attention is challenging enough without adding a 4th child to the mix. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that a ratio of 1:3 means that each child gets 33% of my attention, but 1:4 means 25%. Does he consider childcare as a safe place to ‘park’ children while their parents work, or does he believe, as I do, that it should be about giving them wide and varied experiences, meeting their needs as they arise, and having time to further their development by following. their own interests?! I’ve only got one pair of eyes and one pair of hands! For nurseries, the ratios are worse 1 adult to 8 2year olds…how can this improve quality? All it will do is provide bigger profits for nursery owners!

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  • February 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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    most good childminders will not change their ratios as there is no benefit to to the children in doing so, Nurseries may however but will not necessarily reduce the cost to parents keeping the extra revenue for themselves

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  • February 4, 2013 at 10:18 am
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    It’s quite simple – these changes will bring us into line with the rest of Europe.

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  • February 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm
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    All other countries in Europe manage on higher ratios so why is the UK incompetent and not able to function with lower ratios. And their standards are higher than ours.

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  • February 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm
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    To enable cost cuts Central Government should allow nursery schools to claim VAT at present we are VAT exempt. All boroughs should receive the same amount of NEG funding and the equivalent to schools. “By the way why do schools receive more money for their NEG children?”. Why should private daycare settings also have to pay tax on their NEG funding at present we claim £3.34 per hour for NEG children plus pay tax on this amount (the world has gone mad). For the two year old funding and NEG funding why is it term time only, all full daycare setting loses money as we still hold the place for the child over a half term as the children accessing the funding are the most vulnerable. There is so much more the Government could do to help. For over 25 year olds NVQ qualifications have to be paid for by the setting or the employee. WHY, WHY, WHY???

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