Working parents should receive free child care for children from 6 months old!

Working parents should receive free child care for children from 6 months old!

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Megan Austin-Latham started this petition to Norman Lamb and

Working all my life I recently looked in to help with child care for my 4 month old baby in a hope to return to work when she was 6 months old, as financially I, like many others need to.

I was surprised that working parents have access to very limited financial support during these early months/years. This is a challenge for many parents across the UK. Mainly because we need to return to work to carry on being a productive member of society but to also pay for our families. 

Everyone is entitled to some free childcare hours when their child reaches a certain age, but there is no help before the age of 2. Some people who are on certain benefits can receive 15 hours free childcare when their child is 2 year old. But if you don't receive any benefits you receive nothing. 

Two of the largest problems us working parents now face are:

* We go back to work part-time, with nearly all our earnings from the average job having to pay for our child care costs to do so

* We cannot claim any other benefits to help us until the following tax year because we would have earnt "too much" though now we are struggling! 

So we are in a catch 22. We cannot give back to society without some help with child care costs in those early days effectively when all our money is spent on the child care itself and bills. We cant go and buy say fuel for our cars without struggling to add back to in to the system for example.

People who receive certain benefits will also benefit from (and not just in the first year of the childs life):

* Free dental, free prescriptions, milk vouchers, discounted rent and/or council tax.

I believe working parents who are not eligible for other benefits (within reason) should be able to claim 15 hours free child care from the point of their child turning 6 months old. 

It benefits working individuals and benefits society with money being put back in to the system. 

Give us working parents a helping hand please! 

 

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