After months of planning, Government proposals to increase the number of children a childminder or nursery worker may look after have been blocked by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
From September, the ratio for under-ones had been due to rise from three to four per adult and six two-year-olds instead of four.
The reasoning behind the planned changes were to lower the cost of childcare for families and to allow people working in the sector to earn more.
Now Nick Clegg has said that the proposals, that were broadly criticised by parents, experts and care providers, were “unrealistic”.
The Deputy Prime Minister was reported in the Telegraph as saying, “I have concluded that, because it will not reduce costs for parents or increase the quality of childcare, the proposed ratio changes for pre-school children cannot proceed. One of my absolute top priorities in government is to deliver better quality, more affordable childcare for parents up and down the country.”