Rebuild the Childcare system

Rebuild the Childcare system

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Rebuild the Childcare system.

The childcare sector is on its knees, with many settings running at a loss. Parents are struggling to afford childcare. Struggling to return to work without the childcare they need. If we want to "build back better", then we need to start with the childcare sector.

The Money Advice Service says that the average cost of a full time childcare place in the UK is £252 a week. This is often more than parents are paying for their mortgage. Unicef claims that 22% of parents in the UK with children under the age of 3 say that affordability is the main reason for not making use of a formal childcare service. In Sweden 0% of parents say this. The UK should be aiming for a world beating childcare system, if we want to get parents back in the workforce, build back better, and get the economy moving again.

With nearly a quarter of parents reliant on informal childcare due to the costs involved in formal childcare, this not only puts vulnerable grandparents at risk, but also potentially leaves parents without childcare in the event of a second lockdown.

Parents struggling to afford childcare is not new. Childcare settings have been struggling with the funded childcare system is not new. What is new is the additional pressures the Covid19 pandemic has placed on parents and childcare settings. Now is the time for change. Now is the time to revamp the system, for the good of parents AND childcare settings.

So what do we propose?

A sliding scale of funding based on household income. Those on lower incomes will be eligible for more funded hours. Irrespective of their child's age. Those on higher incomes will be eligible for less hours. To avoid higher income families being exploited, place a reasonable cap on the price per hour of childcare, set at a level that would allow childcare settings to run at a profit. We recognise that extensive consultation would need to take place with the early years sector to understand the level they would need.

Lets help the childcare sector. Lets help parents and guardians. Lets help the country get back on its feet.

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