Labour will give 30 hours free child care to 4688 2-4 year olds in Thurrock
THE radical expansion of free childcare to all exceeds the Lib Dems’ offer, and will save families thousands of pounds a year. It will be accompanied by opening a Sure Start centre in every community to unlock to potential of all our children claims Labour.
On Saturday 9th November Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner also outlined Labour’s £1billion investment to reverse the Conservatives’ cuts to Sure Start and open 1,000 new centres in England.
Since the Conservatives’ entered Government 1,000 Sure Start centres have been closed.
Labour’s plans to radically expand free childcare to 30 hours a week to all 2-4 year olds will save families thousands of pounds a year.
New analysis by the House of Commons Library, commissioned by Labour, found that under the expansion of free childcare that Labour will deliver:
The average parent of a two year old not currently eligible for childcare support would save over £5,000 a year.
Parents with children aged 2-4 who are currently eligible for 15 hours would save over £2,500 a year.
Labour’s expansion of 30 hours of free childcare will benefit over 880,000 3 and 4 year olds and over 500,000 2 year olds by the end of the next parliament.
This comes as new analysis shows childcare costs have risen twice as fast as wages under the Tories.
Evidence suggests that early years education for children under the age of four has a positive impact on the life chances of disadvantaged children spend significantly less time in pre-school than children from more affluent backgrounds. The attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their more affluent counterparts is already evident when children begin school aged 5 with a gap between them equivalent of 4.3 months of learning. This gap then more than doubles to 9.5 months of learning by the end of primary school and more than doubles again to 19.3 months of learning by the end of secondary school.
Labour will unlock the potential of all our children by:
Rolling out 30 hours of free childcare a week for all 2-4 year olds to give all children the best start in life, saving families thousands of pounds a year
Opening 1,000 new Sure Start centres
Providing free school meals for all primary school children to end the stigma and ensure no child goes hungry at school.
Building a million genuinely affordable homes including the biggest council housing programme in a generation.
Investing in our schools, fully reversing Tory cuts to give every school the funding it needs.
John Kent, Labour’s candidate in Thurrock said
“This is the real change the next Labour Government is going to bring to people’s lives.
“Just imagine how much easier this will make life and work for the parents of young families.
“I think about how Labour’s free childcare would have improved things for me and my partner when our kids were little. The stress and money troubles that so many families could avoid by saving £5,000 a year and knowing the kids are being looked after
“You just can’t trust the Tories and Lib Dems with childcare – they cut more than 1,000 Sure Start centres and told us it’s impossible for the state to make people’s lives better by helping with childcare.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party says
“The Tories are failing a whole generation of children. Labour will deliver the real change Britain needs.
“Parents are struggling to afford the childcare support they need, while many children are going hungry and growing up homeless.
Angela Rayner, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary said
“Investment in the early years can transform the lives of children and their families across the country, just as the last Labour Government transformed mine.
“The Tories have slashed funding for sure start leading to a loss of 1,000 centres while their so-called free childcare offer locks out those families most in need of support
“Labour will make high-quality early years education and access to Sure Start Plus a right for all families, in a country for the many not the few.