The Women’s Equality Party has pledged 40 hours of free childcare a week for all pre-school children over nine months old and equal parental leave as part of its manifesto launched on Friday.
The party, which is contesting seven seats in the general election, said it would offer mums and dads three months off work on 90% pay.
It said it would fund this through taking £4bn from the government’s infrastructure investment fund and an insurance levy on employers. The childcare pledge would be funded by changes to pension tax relief, an increase in alcohol and fuel duty and delaying cuts to corporation tax.
The WEP said it would like to see other parties steal its policies and emphasised the importance of governments investing in social infrastructure.