OK, so child care is too expensive.
In fact children are impossible to make money out of. Average nursery fees are £177 for a 50-hour week, which is £3.54 an hour per child. Ofsted regulations require a ratio of one adult per three children under two years old, but staff need a minimum of NVQ level 2, and a manager needs level 3, plus two years’ experience. So you couldn’t get them for minimum wage. I haven’t even factored in overheads or bought any toys.
So, let’s relax those regulations and make child care cheaper, shall we?
Vast numbers of children, in fact, every generation before this one just crawling off its potties, was raised by people without their NVQs, with adult to toddler ratios of whatever they damn well wanted.
Without armies of clipboard wielders from the council, without in fact much interference from the State at all.
Perhaps it didn’t work perfectly but work it obviously did, as that current generation of filled potties shows us. Enough survived that State free childhood to breed again after all.
Or if you’d prefer it in the economics of the nursery, if something is too expensive, why not try working out why it’s expensive and then try to reduce that expense?