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Harriet Harman supports campaign against Government’s plans to change childcare ratios

Article By: Laura McCardle, News Editor

The deputy leader of the Labour party has said the Government’s plans to change childcare ratios will “undermine the quality” of care.

Harriet Harman

Harriet Harman spoke about the Government’s proposals, which will see the limit on the number of children practitioners can look after, rise from four to six and for the limit on caring for babies aged one and under increase from three to four, earlier today when she visited Gloucester to support Labour’s candidates for the local election campaign.

The plans are being opposed by the Pre-School Learning Alliance, which has launched a campaign calling for the Government to scrap the idea and for future proposals to go out to consultation. ‘Rewind on Ratios’ has received the backing of Mumsnet, the UK’s biggest network for parents, and Netmums.

Speaking earlier today, Ms Harman said: “The Government’s plans will not cut childcare costs for parents but they will undermine the quality of childcare.

“I’m backing the Mumsnet and Netmums campaign which is demanding the Government to drop these plans.”

Sharon Hodgson, Labour’s shadow children and families minister, also spoke about the proposals earlier today. She said: “Ministers are refusing to listen to the views of parents, professionals and even their own experts on ratios.

“Labour have listened and we will continue to do everything we can to block these ridiculous changes in Parliament.”

To read more about the ‘Rewind on Ratios’ campaign, visit


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