Elizabeth Truss has been giving interviews this morning about the plans to raise childcare ratios to reduce childcare costs. Also, at 11am today she will be giving to the Policy Exchange Think Tank outlining her plans to reform childcare rules.
Catch up on some of today’s news with us here.
2.00 pm Elizabeth Truss, the education minister, has dismissed claims that it is unrealistic to expect nursery staff to look after more children.
“My ministerial colleagues at the Department of Health don’t get asked if they would be willing to perform keyhole surgery,” she said in a speech confirming plans to relax the adult/child ratios required for nurseries and childminders. Truss said that the nurseries would only be allowed to relax ratios if they hired highly-qualified staff, and she said that her plans were intended to increase the quality of childcare and lower its cost. But, although some aspects of her proposals were welcomed, childcare organisations were mostly critical of the plan to relax adult/child ratios.
12.53 pm Christian Guy, managing director of the Centre for Social Justice, a conservative thinktank said:
‘The UK’s childcare system has for too long been unaffordable, inflexible and a barrier into work for parents. The measures being brought forward by the government have the potential to help parents of young children who want to work into employment.
It is crucial that quality is never compromised and we believe these proposed changes can raise entry-level requirements, simplify qualifications and ensure the profession commands greater respect’.
12.20 pm More great childcare
11.59 am The shadow home secretary and shadow minister for women, Yvette Cooper, has joined the debate about childcare ratios.
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