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Labour pledges to keep government’s expanded childcare scheme

Labour pledges to keep government’s expanded childcare scheme

Labour pledges to keep government’s expanded childcare scheme
Apr 01, 2024 42 secs

Labour would keep the government’s expanded childcare hours, a shadow minister has insisted, after suggestions the party would review the scheme.

This will be extended to working parents of all children older than nine months from September, before the full rollout of 30 hours a week to all eligible families a year later.

Bridget Phillipson, the shadow education secretary, told the BBC’s Newsnight programme at the end of March that Labour was not committed to the £4bn plan.

The party commissioned a review of childcare led by former senior Ofsted figure Sir David Bell last October.

Gillian Keegan, the education secretary, said in response that a Labour victory at the general election could put the offer “at risk”.

“Only Labour will reform our childcare system and deliver the accessible, affordable early years education that will give children the best start in life.”

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