The Co-operative Childcare argues against the government childcare proposals, asserting they will be a detriment to lower income families

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The Co-operative Childcare has asserted that the recent government proposals to reduce the cost of childcare could negatively impact the childcare industry, ultimately reducing the quality and care of UK nurseries and child minder services.

The latest attempt by the government to reduce the cost of childcare is argued by the Co-operative Childcare to significantly impact on the quality and standards offered by UK nurseries and child minders.

Children's Minister Liz Truss, today said the proposals would make more childcare places available and reduce costs for parents in the "long term" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21232270

The Co-operative Childcare’s, Group General Manager, Mike Abbott said: “The suggestion of increasing the number of children per nursery nurse will not adequately tackle the issue of rising childcare costs. Quality and standards of childcare are of utmost importance and we strongly believe the introduction of this system could result in poorer families opting for sub standard nurseries in order to cut costs.

In our nurseries we place a major focus on the continual improvement of the knowledge and training for our colleagues. This is at the heart of what we do and we will not be increasing the ratio of children to nursery nurses as this compromises our values as a co-operative.”

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