The Government Drops Planned Ratio Increases

Posted by Dawn Heaps on Thursday, June 6, 2013

After months of battling the current government's plans to increase ratios as a means of lowering costs, they have finally accepted that the proposed changes were not the solution to childcare costs and have dropped the planned changes. A huge congratulations to all professionals, parents and organisations that stood firm against the governments plans and forced them to reconsider.

Unfortunately the change of heart with the ratios does not address completely the governments ill considered plans for the early years sector. We are still left with More Great Childcare and some of it's other proposals such as child minder agencies and the removal of Local Authority support and training for early years. The government have not truly consulted practitioners, professional bodies or academics and this is something that must be addressed. Our hope now must be that the government shelves More Great Childcare and opens full consultation with early years practitioners and professionals that want to be involved in raising standards, supporting parents without reducing quality or professionalism.

About Me

I have a BA in Early Years. I also hold two professional degrees from my previous careers in Careers Guidance and Radiography. I do have Maths and English at 'O' Level Grade C - not that this better enables me to educate children but it is what the government seems to hold dear. I am an active member of the PACEY, a Lead Child Minder for Wigan Local Authority (supporting other child minders) and am accreditted on my local network to offer the early years entitlement. I love to learn and find it difficult to stop myself from taking on training and further education. But I hope my love of learning is passed on to all the children in my care as well as to my own daughter.