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Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn is to announce a plan for 30 hours a week of free universal childcare for children aged two to four.
Additional hours will be free for those on the lowest incomes and, for those on the highest incomes, they will be offered for no more than £4 per hour.
Corbyn will also set out Labour’s plans to raise standards of childcare through introducing a two-term plan to shift to a graduate-led workforce. Labour says this will improve the pay and skill levels of childcare staff and drive up standards to improve children’s life chances.
Corbyn will also outline Labour’s plans which it says will simplify the childcare system of vouchers, tax credits, tax-free childcare, extended support for some three and four year olds and targeted support for disadvantaged two year olds through the establishment of a national childcare access portal online.
Corbyn will describe the current Government childcare policy of 30 hours of childcare for three and four year olds as “free in name only”.