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I posted this on another thread but it's been moved
Just to flag up that there's now an official Government e-petition for parents against proposed childcare ratio changes available at: www.rewindonratios.com.
Under the Government's proposed changes, nursery and pre-school staff could be expected to look after six two-year-old children (up from the current limit of four) and four babies aged one or under (up from three). Childminders could be expected to care for four children under five (up from three) and two babies under one (up from one).
Many believe that this is not only unsafe, but also will lead to lower quality childcare as staff will not have time to interact with children on a one-to-one basis.
If the e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures, the Government HAS to provide a response, and if we make it to 100,000, the issue will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.
The aim is to make sure that parents' voices are heard on this matter and we encourage everyone opposed to the changes to:
1) sign the petition 2) pass it on to at least 5 fellow parents 3) encourage them to do the same, so the petition builds up some momentum!
I saw the webchat with Liz Truss, so know that Mumsnetters have strong opinions on this topic!