Liz Bayram, Joint Chief Executive, PACEY said
today, "PACEY is relieved to hear that the Deputy Prime Minister
has announced he will not go ahead with
proposals to change current childcare ratios.
"PACEY, with the support of our members-
childminders, nannies and nursery workers - has continually
lobbied Government to ensure it understands the quality and safety
concerns of both childcare professionals and parents around
"Whilst today's announcement is good news for
children and families, there remains a great deal of sector concern
around other Government childcare proposals. We share the same
ambition as Government, to provide children and families with high
quality affordable childcare but believe there needs to be a more
full and open discussion with the sector, parents and others around
how to make this a reality.
"Ratio change is just one aspect of what appears to be a number of
conflicting government proposals that have in recent weeks have
only served to confuse parents and professionals. For example, on
one hand Ofsted has said it wants to improve the quality of
childcare and is going to focus its inspection on providers
requiring improvement. On the other, Government is proposing to
remove the Local Authority statutory duty that ensures these
providers get the training and support they need to improve.
There are proposals to help improve the
qualifications of nursery workers but no clear plan to improve
qualifications for childminders. The only option that has been put
forward is for childminders to join an agency if they wish, which
has been roundly rejected by those working in the sector, as likely
to reduce quality and increase costs for childminders.
PACEY hopes Mr Clegg's announcement indicates
that Government is now going to engage in a more open
discussion on the way forward."