Nurseries and childminders in England are to be allowed to look after more children, in a package ministers say will improve quality and cut costs.
If carers’ qualifications meets new standards, the ratio of children to nursery staff can be raised.
Children’s Minister Liz Truss said the proposals would make more childcare places available and reduce costs for parents in the “long term”.
Critics have stated the ratio could affect the quality of care and this is unlikely to reduce the overall costs of childcare. Starting with this autumn, this will came into effect.