yesterday's announcement by Nick Clegg that he will not go ahead
with proposals to change current childcare ratios, PACEY's Liz
Bayram (pictured right) said: "PACEY, with the support of you
our members, has played a key role in ensuring government
understand the quality and safety concerns childcare professionals
and parents had about these proposals.
"Indeed the DPM has quoted PACEY's research
project with IPPR as evidence why Government has decided to drop
this proposal. In this research project, hundreds of PACEY members
took time again to re-state their concerns around ratio change,
childminder agencies and more.
"The time you have taken to tell us what you
think via IPPR's research; by attending policy consultations,
writing to your local MP, raising your concerns at regional forums
and on PACEY Local have all made a difference, so thank you.
"Whilst it is great news the ratio proposals
have been scrapped, there remain other proposals that risk reducing
childcare quality. PACEY will continue to call for plans to develop
childminder agencies to stop and for government to reflect again on
its proposals to remove the statutory duties that require local
authorities to support and train their local registered childcare
"So - children, parents and childcare
professionals - have something to celebrate today. But the
campaigning is not over yet. PACEY knows we will be able to count
on your support to continue to demand that these and other
proposals do not go ahead."