Cutting the cost of childcare
We want every child to have a fair start in life and to make it easier for parents to balance childcare with work. For many parents, childcare has become so expensive that it is cheaper for them to give up their job and look after the children instead. That’s why the Liberal Democrats have put more money into childcare and early years education than ever before, saving parents thousands of pounds and making it easier for millions of families to get on.
Since 2010, some 3,000 Guildford families have benefited from 15 hours a week of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds, and 40% of two year olds. Over this period, the number of women in work in the Guildford area has risen to 22,100.
We want to take this even further and provide families with 20 hours of free childcare per week. We would also make it available right from the end of paid maternity leave, through to school.
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