DCARE reforms due to be implemented in just four months time are likely to be dropped after deputy prime minister Nick Clegg indicated he would not back the plans.
Clegg said that the plans, which would allow nursery staff to look after four under-ones from the current three, and six two-year-olds, instead of the current limit of four, were deemed unworkable according to the government’s own research.
“A lot of people basically got back in the consultation and said this isn’t going to work, particularly for very small children,” Clegg told his LBC radio phone-in programme.
Clegg said the proposals remained under discussion.
Labour accused the government of “chaos and incompetence” over the plans. “The government appear to be U-turning,” said Stephen Twigg, shadow education secretary.