Schools to publish information on childcare availability with league tables

The information will detail school places, after school care availability, holiday care and full-time nursery provision. This will allow parents to make informed choices about childcare and enable them to access 15 hours of free childcare for three and four year olds.

Childcare minister, Sam Gyimah said: “Getting the right childcare is one of the most important decisions any parent makes - we want to make it easier for families to find and access as many
high-quality options as simply as possible.

“A lot of schools are offering this valuable support, but parents shouldn’t have to click through 7 pages of a website to find out about it.”

Improvements to the quality and provision of childcare expected as Teach First have revealed an increase in the number of available places from 38 to 82 for early years programmes in 2015–2016.

Chief executive of 4Children, Imelda Redmond, said: “We know that childcare is one of the biggest financial and logistical challenges families face, so news that parents will be given information about childcare provision alongside performance tables is welcome.

“The information will include details of holiday and after school provision, helping parents access the wraparound support we know they are crying out for.

“High quality, affordable childcare is crucial, not only for families and to give children the best start in life, but for our economy as a whole – supporting women back into the workplace and helping make work pay. That is why 4Children wants to see all political parties commit to going further by offering a universal childcare guarantee for all parents of 0-14 year olds who need it. As the General Election campaign nears its climax, more help with childcare should be front and centre of the parties’ offer to families.”

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