Chartered College of Teaching comments on childcare proposals

The Chartered College of Teaching has commented on the government’s consultation on proposed regulatory changes to childcare.

Proposals include increasing the number of children each staff member can look after.

The Chartered College is supporting Early Years practitioners with its newly launched Early Childhood Hub, which brings together research from across the sector focused on early years pedagogy and practice.

Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College, said:

The early years play a pivotal role in children’s future educational outcomes. Providing early years practitioners with the resources and support they need will benefit children and the whole of society for generations to come. Seeking views from the experts – those working in the early years – is welcome. 

However, we are concerned that these proposals completely overlook what is needed. Stretching staff further will harm the wellbeing of all involved. In an attempt to keep costs down, the sector will be placed under tremendous pressure. Dedicated practitioners will have less time to make a difference, less time to respond to the needs and wants of children in their care.  Childcare and Early Years provision must always put quality of experience first.