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Friday, 1 March 2013

Nursery Ratios.

Deciding to put Darcie into Nursery one to two days a week was an incredibly hard decision to make. Deciding (or in my case having no choice) to go back to work is never easy on a mother.

You have to take into consideration the cost, which is actually is quite expensive, we currently pay around £4.40 an hour and then pay extra for food. 

Then you have to actually find a suitable nursery, one that you feel is right for your child and you.

THEN you have to come to terms with the idea of someone else looking after your child.

Having accepted and now OK with Darcie being in nursery (She absolutely loves her time at nursery!!) the Government have gone and made me slightly nervous again (typical). 

Currently the ratios for carers per child vary depending on age and setting. Ratios for two year old's plus are set to rise from four children per adult to six children per adult and for under ones to rise from three children per adult to four children per adult.
 This idea is to cut the cost of childcare to then in turn encourage more people to go back to work.

But at what cost?

I'm almost certain that if my nursery decided to change their ratios I would not feel comfortable. Having to put Darcie in nursery is a tough enough decision without the worry that she would perhaps be fighting for attention. To me it doesn't seem right to risk the quality of care over trying to cut costs. I know, childcare is expensive but I would rather pay current rates (and more) than risk the quality of care she is receiving.  I know I couldn't cope with four under two's!!!

What do you think on the idea?? 

Mummy B xoxox



  1. I've worked in child care for 24 years now. I'm currently an Infant Teacher now which I absolutely love. I live in the US. Massachusetts has pretty good ratios. For infants, it is 3 babies to one teacher or 7 babies to two teachers. Ratios are very important. And I know it seems like a lot of children. But it does work out okay, you'd be amazed.

    1. Thank you for your imput, its nice to see someone who is in the profession's view. Still makes me un-nervy xxx


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