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Here’s a radical thought

At present, early years settings in England must have one member of staff for every three children aged up to two years of age. For two years and over, there must be one member of staff for every four children.

In April, it was reported that Boris Johnson wanted to relax the legal limits on staff to child ratios in nurseries as part of a drive to reduce costs for parents.

When she was schools minister in 2014, Ms Truss supported going even further, saying: “Where there is an early years educator leading a group of children, we plan to allow ratios for two-year-olds to rise from four children per adult to six children per adult, and for ones and under to rise from three children per adult to four children per adult.”

Why not not have such regulations at all? Allow parents to choose?

10 thoughts on “Here’s a radical thought”

  1. Must admit I’ve never taken care of children. But considering my experience with my great-nephews, I’d argue that four adults per child is far too few!!!!

  2. My grandmother looked after seven children when her husband was at work.

    And under-twos? Shouldn’t they be with their mother? What is this, Aldous Huxley’s fevered nightmare?

  3. If there is to be a regulated limit in ‘paid for child care’, shouldn’t there be a limit in unpaid for child care? You know, four kids, mum has to have another adult to assist, or perhaps hubby should be paid to stay at home.

    Just asking…..

  4. Bloke in the Fourth Reich

    Jgh, your granny’s seven were spread out over at least seven years. At that point you have the older ones mucking in in the childcare in a way a group of exclusively 0-2 can’t.

  5. Because they will choose on the basis of child neglect, injury, abuse, and death, which is perfectly rational of course, but not where we’d want to start out.

  6. Bloke in the Fourth Reich

    So she looked after 7 kids, of 6 she was not the mother. And had help from 3 other women so this proves that current staff ratios (3:1) are very snowflake compared to back in the good old days (1.75:1)?

    Or I’m getting completely the wrong end of the stick, quite possible.

  7. “Why not not have such regulations at all.” There is a free spell and grammar checker called Grammarly. Your word processing software should underline such horrors anyway.

  8. Boganboy
    September 24, 2022 at 7:13 am

    Must admit I’ve never taken care of children. But considering my experience with my great-nephews, I’d argue that four adults per child is far too few!!!!

    One mother can look after four children but four children can’t look after one mother.

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