Provide funding for childcare from age 1

The current childcare funding provision does not help keeping mothers in employment because the funding only starts from the age of 3. What happens when the child is between 1 and 3 years old? There are no state nurseries for this age group. The alternative is using expensive nurseries (£45-60/day- depending on what areas of the country you live) or slightly cheaper child minders. If a family on an average income has two or more children between the age of 1 and 3 , this expense becomes unbearable and generally pushes mothers to either go part time or giving up their jobs entirely, as there is no financial benefit to keep on working.

It is good that in Wales the 30 hours/week funding covers 48 weeks/year, unlike in England where it only covers term time (38 weeks, as if parents could have 14 weeks of annual leave). However the funding (at least for some local authorities) can only be used at certain pre-schools for 3 hours max a day, 5 days a week. The use of 15 (30 in future) hours funding should be consistently flexible across Wales, to enable parents to use it to pay for full nursery days  (e.g. 1.5 or 3 x 10 hours days) if more helpful for the parents' working arrangements.

The greatest help to keep mothers in work would be providing at least 15 (but ideally 30) hours/week of funded childcare from age 1, for 48 weeks a year, that could be used flexibly in state or private settings, to cover full nursery days fees, if needed.  

 

Why the contribution is important

  • Supports working mothers
  • Reduces financial burden of chilcare for families during pre-school years.

 

by Ordinarymum on March 21, 2018 at 04:37PM

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  • Posted by Sarah March 25, 2018 at 22:03

    This is a key policy in the Women's Equality Party, and is a key reason I joined them.

    I can't afford to go back to work as it would cost £95 per day to put my two into nursery. Until Government support subsidised childcare from the time paid parental leave ends women will face inequality
  • Posted by Hammykeeper April 04, 2018 at 19:02

    I had to go back to work after 12 months to keep my position. Childcare is killing us financially. It equals more than a mortgage. Yet we are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea
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