Labour pledges 100,000 new childcare places

Education / Mon 10th Jun 2024 at 06:04am

THE Labour party has pledged to create 100,000 additional childcare places and more than 3,000 new nurseries as part of its childcare plan.

Labour has said it will turn classrooms in existing primary schools into “school-based nurseries”, for an estimated cost of around £40,000 per classroom.

The money would come from VAT levied on private schools – a move which has been previously criticised in the sector and by other parties.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said, if elected, his party will “create the childcare places needed to turn the page, and rebuild Britain”.

The number of nursery and primary school children in England is predicted to fall in the next four years.

Labour says it will use the space freed up in primary school buildings for the 3,334 new “high quality” nurseries, which would be set up in high-need areas which lack enough childcare places.

They could be run by the primary schools themselves, or by local private and voluntary sector nursery providers.

The funding will come from Labour’s plan to remove what it has called “unfair tax breaks” from private schools.

Last year, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Labour’s plans to remove the tax breaks and charge private schools 20% VAT was part of a “class war” to “punish” aspirational parents.

Labour said its announcement is the next stage in its long-term plan to deliver a modern childcare system that better supports parents from the end of parental leave to the end of primary school.

“After 14 years of Conservative government, too many children are starting school already behind, and too many parents are being held back from fulfilling their career ambitions”, Sir Keir said.

Labour’s Bridget Phillipson said the party will “fix” the childcare system.
“The 3,300 new nurseries we announce today will be key to delivering Labour’s mission for half a million more children to hit the early learning goals by 2030, giving them the firm foundations from which to succeed”, she added.

Labour had previously announced plans to set up free breakfast clubs in every primary school in England.

The party had also committed to stick to government plans for an expansion of funded childcare earlier this year, which saw working parents receive additional free childcare hours from April 2024.

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8 Comments for Labour pledges 100,000 new childcare places:

2024-06-10 07:53:52

Where will labour find the money to fund all the extra places in state schools as parent withdraw children from private schools due to the increased cost!! Figures from the taxpayers alliance show approximately 144,000 children would be put back into state schools at a cost to taxpayers of £1.1 Billions, Clearly labour are playing sound bite politics with little though as to the cost consequences to us taxpayers

2024-06-10 09:08:24

Pedro, most people in the UK who send their children to private school will not be bothered by the VAT, they will simply afford it. Private schools have massively increased their fees over the years and numbers didn't drop, so why would they instantly drop in huge numbers now? Let's not forget to send your child to private school is a choice. Labour also pledged that money to go into state schools to improve them, shouldn't every child in the UK have access to good education? I think so, not just a few.

2024-06-10 11:51:15

Trace, where is all the money coming from for all the pledges Labour have promised, Housing, Schools, Teachers, Police, courts, hospitals, Dentists, infrastructure, it simply doesn't stack up!

2024-06-10 12:40:09

Pedro, I don't know as most of our money for years has lined the pockets of the Tories or their mates. Maybe you should ask them.

David Forman
2024-06-10 12:53:43

For Pedro's venefit, I noticed you quote the Taxpayers Alliance. An interesting study into the transparency of think tanks showed the Taxpayers Alliance was among a group of right of centre conservative think tanks that were the least transparent about its donors and where its funds came from. See https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/who-funds-you/

David Forman
2024-06-10 13:00:12

Interestingly, for Pedro especially, the think tank Policy Exchange is one those that is least transparent about where it's funding comes from. Our local Conservative Party parliamentary candidate Hannah Ellis joined Policy Exchange in 2022 and was its policy director. See Hannah at Policy Exchange in link https://policyexchange.org.uk/news/new-additions-to-our-expanded-team-at-policy-exchange/

2024-06-10 16:40:55

Interesting find David

James Gamble
2024-06-11 10:28:44

Pedro parents will not withdraw children, private schools will have to adjust their prices or go bust, simple Tory economics.

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