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Tories deliberately underfund childcare

The weekly cost of full-time childcare is an extortionate 233 a week, photo Anthony Kelly/CC

The weekly cost of full-time childcare is an extortionate 233 a week, photo Anthony Kelly/CC   (Click to enlarge)

The cost of childcare is rocketing. Access to places is being squeezed. The funding local authorities receive from the government to deliver free childcare for three and four-year-olds is not enough. And the Tories knew it!

According to the Early Years Alliance, the Tories are paying less than two-thirds what their own figures suggested was needed.

This funding hole is forcing up prices for those not covered by the scheme, leading to a reduction in service quality as providers squeeze costs, and in some cases causing providers to close. Finding a space is increasingly difficult.

Early years childcare needs to be fully funded, publicly owned and access be extended to all parents. Only then will there be high-quality, and affordable childcare for all.

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Furlough reduction risks job losses

Building back better? Fight for a socialist recovery

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NSSN conference 2021

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International

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Gateshead: Bosses sack sparks protesting for safety measures

Oaks Park school strike against bully bosses

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