Labour’s provisions ensure ‘all get good start to life’
MORE than a million families will benefit from better childcare provision under Labour manifesto plans which offer free care to all two to four-year-olds.
The Labour Party has pledged to extend 30 hours of free care a week for children before they start school, regardless of their family circumstances — a move which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says will benefit 1.3 million kids.
Current rules see just 40 per cent of two-year olds qualifying for free childcare, while many three and four-year-olds with working parents miss out.
But a Labour government “will be committed to ensuring every child is given a good start in life,” said Mr Corbyn.
“The Labour Party believes every child, no matter what their background, deserves a good start in life, and that childcare costs shouldn’t be a barrier for parents who want to go back to work.
“High-quality childcare can transform a child’s life chances and make it much easier for parents to work.”
The move is in direct contrast to the Tory attack on Labour’s successful Sure Start project, which saw 1.05 million families benefit from care provision, help and advice in mainly disadvantaged areas.
Money to fund the scheme was “ring-fenced” by Labour.