Commenting on today’s discussions on ratios in nurseries, Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:
“Nick Clegg needs to wake up to the fact that regulation is driving up living costs. Childcare rates have massively increased because of government interventions, with part-time nursery places skyrocketing to over £5,000 per year. It’s time the government trusted parents and childcare professionals to make decisions instead of thinking bureaucrats know best.
“Increasing the number of children staff can look after is an eminently sensible idea. Far from lacking evidence, nursery changes of this type have become commonplace as a result of their success in countries such as Holland and France. More generous ratios drive down prices, easing the burden for hard-pressed families struggling with a ballooning cost of living.
“Ultimately, the government should be doing all it can to generate more choice for families. The lack of affordable childcare is not going to be solved by increasing subsidies, but by driving down costs. Easing regulation would go some way to addressing this.”
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