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Election pledges on childcare

Political parties have been laying out their promises on childcare if they are elected into government


The Labour Party is the latest to offer up a pledge. It has said that families will have a legal right to before and after-school childcare.

The party says it would create a National Primary Childcare Service to try and increase the amount of affordable wrap-around care between 8am and 6pm.

In a speech launching his party’s manifesto, leader Ed Miliband said: “For working parents we will not just have 25-hours free nursery care for three and four-year-olds, but we will go further.

“The next Labour government will introduce a new national childcare service to work with primary schools, to help guarantee that wrap-around childcare that should be there for every working parent that wants it.”

The new organisation would match primary schools with vetted volunteers and provide sports, art and music activities.

The Conservative Party has said it will increase their tax-free childcare scheme from £1,200 to up to £2,000 a year per child. While also extending the scheme from under-7s to all children under 12.

In a post on their website a notice said: “The difficult decisions we’ve taken as part of our long-term economic plan mean we can help families where both parents, or a single parent, work – so they enjoy a more financially secure future and the peace of mind that their children are being cared for.”

In February, the Liberal Democrats announced plans to extend free childcare claiming it would save families thousands of pounds.

If elected, the party says it would provide 15 hours of free childcare to all children of working parents aged between 9 months and 2 years old. Under the policy, the party claimed an average family would save £2,670 each year.

Speaking on his weekly radio show on LBC, Call Clegg, Nick said:

“One of the things we’ve discovered over time is that the kind of help you give as a society to little children, before they’ve even hung up their coat on their first day of primary school, has as dramatic, if not more dramatic, effect on their subsequent ability to do well in life than actually what happens as teenagers in the classroom.”

The UK Independence Party says it would provide wrap-around childcare for all school-age children focusing on the breakfast and after-school clubs.

At a recent press conference, MEP Diane James said  she had “an enormous amount of sympathy” for parents facing “excessive increases in childcare costs” and Ukip wanted to cut those costs.

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