In the news this week was the prospect of the government increasing the ratio of children to carers in childcare settings. Currently for children aged one and under you are allowed three children per carer – this is set to rise to four; and for children aged two you are currently allowed four children per carer – this is set to rise to six. The government want to do this with the aim of cutting childcare costs for working parents.
In my personal opinion – and admittedly I have no experience of working in a nursery or pre-school – this seems crazy. Most parents are reluctant to put their children into childcare anyway at such young ages, why would you be more likely to if there were less carers for your child? How can one person possibly cope with 4 crying babies? And can you imagine running after 6 two year olds?