Today the Minister for Education and Childcare, Elizabeth Truss, will set out the government’s plans to reform the childcare system. While Truss is right to identify the problems with the UK childcare system, the proposed solution of increasing the ratios of childcare worker to child, is likely to worsen the problem, rather than alleviate it.
Let’s be clear, we have a big problem with childcare in this country. In fact, we have lots of problems with childcare in this country. To name but a few; it’s too expensive; it often doesn’t meet the demands of our long hours work culture and atypical working patterns; it is poorly paid and undervalued and there is little in the way of progression available to those who work in the childcare sector.