Ahead of Mother’s Day this Sunday, local MP Tom Blenkinsop has today (26th March 2014) backed Labour’s pledge to tackle what they are calling “Cameron’s Childcare Crisis”.
Labour’s plan includes ‘wrap-around childcare’ from 8am to 6pm for all primary schoolchildren and an extra 10 hours per week (making a total of 25 hours) of free nursery hours for all 3 and 4 year olds for working families.
“Under David Cameron’s out-of-touch Government, families are feeling the squeeze. The cost of nursery places has rocketed up by 30%; there are 35,000 fewer childcare places and 578 fewer Sure Start Children’s centres.
“Families are finding it increasingly difficult to afford decent childcare as prices rise against a backdrop of stagnant wages. This means hard-pressed mums and dads continue to struggle with bills, while Ministers do nothing to support families.
“Childcare is fast becoming one of the key issues for families. Labour understands the struggles that families face and we’re coming up with plans to address them. For mums and dads in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Labour’s pledge to extend free nursery care to 25 hours will be worth over £1,500 per year for parents of three and four year olds.
“Along with guaranteed access to breakfast and after school clubs through every primary school, these pledges show we are serious about helping families to boost their earnings and get on with balancing their family and work life.”