Childcare reform plans reveal coalition splits over public spending | Money | The Guardian

Reforms designed to make childcare less expensive are being delayed by arguments that spilled out in public on Tuesday over how much the government can afford to extend help to middle-class families.

Changes that would allow childminders and nurseries to increase the number of babies and young children in their care if they improve qualifications, and toughen up inspections were confirmed by the early years minister, Elizabeth Truss.

However, there was confusion over a linked announcement about funding to help families pay for childcare, which has now been delayed and which previous reports suggested would replace the current mixture of incentives with a universal tax-break for parents with children aged under five.

Childcare reform plans reveal coalition splits over public spending | Money | The Guardian.

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