Nurseries welcome U-turn

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NURSERIES say they are relieved about the government’s U-turn on changes to childcare.

It’s been announced that plans to allow nurseries and childminders to look after more children per adult have been scrapped.

The plans were heavily criticised with many nurseries concerned about the potential rise in cost for parents.

The deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has confirmed that the changes will now not go ahead.

Vicky George, of Little Learners Day Care in Fratton, said: ‘They have come to their senses and realised that as much as it would help out a nursery with things like staff members off sick, there is still the health and safety focus.’

Tara McCarthy, deputy supervisor at Turtles Day Nursery in Hilsea, added: ‘We are quite a small nursery.

‘We don’t have staff to do cleaning, we do it between us and job share.

‘So if we did have a higher ratio then there would need to be more members of staff to employ to do those things.

‘It would have been a very stressful day.

‘So I am pleased about this news.’