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NEWS: Confusion over plans to relax childcare ratios in England

Over the weekend, new reports published in the Telegraph hinted at potential government plans to relax adult-child ratios in early years settings in England if staff qualification levels were higher. PACEY has today reassured its members, making clear that any such change would first require extensive consultation with the sector. 

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive at PACEY comments:

“Understandably our members are concerned to hear rumours about proposals to change adult:child ratios, given their extensive opposition to such proposals in the past. This would not solve the sector’s current challenges around adequate government funding of early education and would again raise concerns around children’s safety and wellbeing.

“More importantly the Department for Education should focus on ensuring the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review delivers adequate funding for government funded early education, so families can access affordable provision, whilst registered providers can cover the cost of its delivery and pay a decent wage for this important work.”