MP says doubling free childcare will make real difference
John Baron MP has today welcomed the Conservative Government’s plans to double free childcare for hardworking families – which will benefit up to 70,000 parents in East of England. The offer of 30 hours of free childcare per week during term time is worth around £5,000 a year. All three- and four-year-olds in working families will be eligible for 1,140 hours of free childcare per year – twice the current entitlement.
“Childcare costs can prevent parents from working. Doubling free childcare will make a real difference to up to 70,000 parents in the East of England. Parents will be able to return to work, while their children benefit from 30 hours of free, flexible childcare.”
Notes to Editors
The Childcare Bill will double free childcare available for all working parents of three- and four-year-olds to 30 hours a week. And to underline our commitment to support working families, the Prime Minister is announcing plans to introduce the changes for some families a year earlier than planned, together with a commitment to review and increase the average funding rates paid to childcare providers (Department for Education Press Release, 1 June 2015, link).