Most nurseries and childcare providers in England are against plans to increase child-to-staff ratios, it has been reported.
Children and Families Minister Will Quince said last week that the government was consulting parents and childcare providers on plans to increase ratios, increasing the number of children from two years that one employee can take care of four to five.
This decision will put England on the side of Scotland.
Writing on Twitter, Quince said the proposal aims to “increase flexibility and reduce the cost of childcare” for parents.
However, according to views collected by the Early Years Alliance and seen by the BBC, there is strong opposition to the government’s plan.
The broadcaster says 4,309 of the more than 5,800 nurseries and kindergartens who responded strongly opposed it, while more than half of the 2,146 educators who responded were against the plans.
The petition against the proposed changes has reached nearly 60,000 signatures.
In response to the petition, a government spokesperson said: “Our priority remains to provide safe, high quality early years services to our young children.
“These changes will give greater autonomy (to child care providers) to exercise professional judgment in how they operate in their environment, according to the needs of their children, and will help as many families as possible benefit from quality, flexible and affordable childcare services. .
“classroom education It works across government to help families pay their childcare bills with free 15 hour childcare for eligible 2-year-olds, free 30-hour childcare for children aged 3 to 4 years, tax-exempt child care and universal credit.
“We have spent over £3.5billion in each of the past three years on our early childhood education provision, and the government is committed to continuing to look at ways to improve cost, choice and the availability of childcare and preschool education.”
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