Parents, early years professionals and others with an interest in childcare are being asked to come forward with their ideas to help improve the accessibility and affordability of childcare.
The childcare commission – which was announced by the Prime Minister last month and is led by Ministers Sarah Teather and Maria Miller – is calling for evidence and ideas on how to make childcare more affordable for working families and reduce any unnecessary burdens on providers.
The commission is looking at: – ways to encourage out of hours provision, so that parents are able to access care for their child when they need it;
– identifying any regulation that is not needed to ensure safety or quality; and
– how childcare helps to get parents into work and out of poverty.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I know hard-working families are struggling with the costs of childcare at the moment and we are determined to do more to help; that is why we launched the affordable childcare commission. Today the commission is asking for views from the public, and I urge the everyday experts – the parents, childminders and nursery owners – to get in touch with ideas for how we can make the system better and more affordable.”
The call for evidence runs from 19 July until 31 August. The commission will report to the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister in the autumn.