Harlow MP welcomes free childcare boost

News / Tue 2nd Jun 2015 at 02:03pm

ChildcareHARLOW MP Robert Halfon has today welcomed an announcement by the government to bring forward to 2016 a scheme to double, to 30 hours a week, the amount of free childcare three and four-year-olds get in England. He will now be writing to evert nursery in Harlow to meet with parents to discuss the plans.

In addition, parents from disadvantaged backgrounds with two-year-olds will also receive additional help.

Responding to the news the MP said, “The extra hours for free childcare is brilliant news for Harlow families. Doubling free childcare will make a real difference to up to 70,000 parents in the East of England. Parents will be able to return to work and hold on to more of their hard-earned money, while their children benefit from 30 hours of free, flexible childcare.”

The proposal, which is now expected to come into effect from 2017, will save families about £5,000 a year. It will be rolled out in pilot areas as early as September 2016.

“It is especially good news that this policy will be extended to some of the most disadvantaged two year olds. It is right that the Conservative government have put families and childcare as a priority.”

“The childcare announcement comes on top of other help with the cost of living including freezing fuel duty, cutting taxes for lower earners, increasing the minimum wage and increasing the state pension by at least 2.5%.”

“I hope to visit every nursery in Harlow over the coming months to discuss with them the proposals for extra childcare and to see what improvements can be made.”

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