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A report by the London Assembly Economy Committee is calling for a review of funding rates for the Government’s expanded childcare plans amid concerns they will put greater pressure on the sector.
Parents in London struggle to access childcare more than in other regions in England, particularly parents of a child who is disabled or has special educational needs or for parents who work atypical hours, according to a report.
The London Assembly Economy Committee says this is likely to get worse due to the underfunding of the Government’s childcare expansion plan. It wants the Government to review funding rates for early education entitlements in London.
An investigation by the Committee into early years childcare in London found that the capital has the highest childcare costs in the country, with childcare costing between 25 and 33 per cent more in London than in Great Britain as a whole.
The Committee heard that as well as costs, the availability of childcare places was another key issue for parents. This was the experience of many parents or carers who responded to a survey on childcare conducted by the Committee, with some describing availability as “limited” or with long waiting lists for places.
The Committee says that, while it welcomes the Government’s plans to expand the free entitlements for children under the age of three, it is worried the plans will have a significant impact on the sector and the provision of childcare in London.
Its report also found that:
In addition to review of funding rates, the Committee is recommending:
Marina Ahmad, Chair of the Economy Committee, said: “While we welcome the Government’s plans to expand the free entitlements for children under the age of three, we are concerned that the childcare sector in London will struggle to cope with the expected rise in demand for places.
“If we do not take action to address this soon, even more families and even more children will be driven out of London.”