Too many families are faced with difficult choices about how they balance work and family life. Some parents who want to work are being prevented from doing so because the rising cost of childcare makes it unaffordable, while others increasingly struggle to find good before- and after-school placements.
Under the current Government, the problem is getting worse. Too many parents are struggling to cope as the cost of childcare soars
and availability falls. And David Cameron has broken his promise to protect Sure Start, with 628 fewer Children’s Centres since 2010.
More help with childcare is good for family life and good for the economy.
We know many parents would like to work, but childcare makes it unaffordable. Making that choice a reality is why supporting families with
childcare is a priority for Labour, and why we will tackle the issues that are putting family life under increasing pressure.
The next Labour Government will expand free childcare from 15 to 25 hours per week for working parents of three and four year-olds. To help
give parents of primary-aged children the peace of mind that comes from knowing they can access childcare when they need it, Labour will also
introduce a legal guarantee of access to wraparound care from 8am to 6pm through their local school. We will restore early intervention at the
heart of our approach to supporting children and their parents, with Sure Start playing a key role.
• Extend free childcare from 15 to 25 hours for working parents with three and four-year-olds, paid for with an increase in the bank levy.
• Introduce a legal guarantee that parents of primary-aged children can access childcare from 8am to 6pm through their local school.
• Reinvigorate Sure Start, reforming the way local services work together to shift from sticking-plaster services to radical early help.
• Childcare costs are up 30 per cent and the number of places has fallen.
• There are 628 fewer Children’s Centres than in 2010.