Today Labour will be hosting a summit of childcare providers to discuss the burden that working families face and the risk to the quality of childcare under Government plans.
Stephen Twigg MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, will meet with childcare experts and providers including 4Children, The Daycare Trust, The National Childminding Association and Save the Children.
Speaking ahead of the summit, Stephen Twigg said:
“The Tory-led Government of David Cameron and Nick Clegg has created a childcare crisis.
“We’ve seen 381 children’s centres shut down – despite David Cameron’s pledge to protect Sure Start nurseries before the last election. The average family is £511 a year worse off because of cuts to childcare support including tax credits. And childcare costs are spiralling to up to £15,000 per child.
“The Children’s Minister now says they plan to cut the number of nursery staff – which experts say will threaten child safety and the quality of care for toddlers. She wants to copy France, where quality is lower than the UK, according to independent reports.
“The Tories are cutting back on childcare standards and safeguards – risking the quality of care for toddlers.”