Children: Day Care

Education written question – answered on 17th April 2013.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education which (a) organisations and (b) individuals in England have made representations advocating changes to adult-to-child ratios in childcare settings, other than in response to the Childcare Commission call for evidence.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

I have had numerous conversations about staff to child ratios in childcare settings with individuals and organisations in England, as have officials of the Department. These conversations revealed a wide range of views. There is a recognition that staff-to- child ratios have remained the same for decades, and have not kept pace with the significant changes in child care and early education we have seen in this country. This reinforces the case for reviewing those rules and considering greater flexibility for providers to deploy better qualified staff to meet children's needs effectively.

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