Today’s news review looks at a report by the Family and Childcare Trust.
Family and Childcare Trust
Today, Thursday 2 March, the Family and Childcare Trust released its full survey of childcare providers, which looks at the amount of childcare places and prices for parents.
The story was picked up in the bulletins by Good Morning Britain who led on the high cost of childcare for parents and the percentage of working parents’ income being spent on childcare arrangements.
We are investing a record amount in childcare, £6 billion per year by 2020, to help working families with the cost of childcare and have a package of support for parents.
A Department for Education spokesperson:
Helping working families with the cost of childcare is at the heart of this government’s agenda – that’s why we are investing a record £6 billion per year by 2020.
The government has a package of support for parents, which includes doubling our free childcare offer for three and four year olds to 30 hours a week, saving families around £5,000 per year. A number of areas are delivering the 30 hours offer a year early which is benefitting over four thousand parents already, many of whom do not work the traditional 9 to 5.