Friday, 1 June 2012

- Labour introduced free childcare for disadvantaged two year olds and we support its extension

Sharon Hodgson MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Families, responding to announcements on childcare, said:

“Labour introduced free childcare for disadvantaged two year olds and we support its extension - we set out concrete plans to do this at the last election. “But instead of just announcing more pilots, the Government should develop a comprehensive plan for childcare.

“While children’s centres are closing or having their budgets squeezed, ministers must be clear about how they are going to ensure that there is enough well qualified staff and accommodation in order to provide good quality care for an extra 260,000 children.

“There are real concerns for families, as nurseries begin charging top-up fees, children’s centres funding is slashed, and family tax credits are being cut.”