View Full Version : Busy Bees was cited by the DfE as an endorser of its plans has changed its stance

22-03-2013, 12:51 PM
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Marg Randles, managing director of nursery chain Busy Bees, said the company will not be changing staff-to-child ratios in its 213 nurseries.

This is despite Busy Bees being cited by the Department for Education (DfE) as an endorser of its plan to allow early years professionals to look after more children as part of its More Great Childcare (https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFE-00002-2013) strategy.

At the launch of More Great Childcare in January, John Woodward, the chief executive of Busy Bees, was quoted by the government as saying that the early years sector would “welcome and embrace more flexibility which could be used as they feel appropriate”.

Pressure mounts over changes to childcare ratios | Children & Young People Now (http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/1076707/pressure-mounts-changes-childcare-ratios)

22-03-2013, 01:07 PM
That's very interesting.

The government might not be listening to childcare workers, parents & professionals, but it sounds as if some people are.

22-03-2013, 01:39 PM
that is very odd , I wonder why the change , pressure from employees maybe , or parents ???

22-03-2013, 02:03 PM
Cos they realised that there is such strength of feeling against the stupid idea!!

Over 33,600 people have signed our petition alone against ratios changes - www.keepratiosdown.co.uk :cheerleader:

22-03-2013, 02:22 PM
HA HA HA Truss/ DfE :p

Bet Busy Bees had loads of parents asking if they were going to lower standards of care and learning...sorry, I mean 'make ratios more flexible'.