Burton’s Member of Parliament Andrew Griffiths has welcomed new figures showing that 6,029 children are benefiting from the Government’s 30 hours per week free childcare offer in Staffordshire.
The free childcare scheme saves working families around £5,000 per year per child and has seen more than 200,000 children benefit nationally in its first term. There are now nearly 300,000 children in these childcare places in England. 30 hours free childcare is backed by a record Government investment of £6billion per year in childcare, which includes an extra £1billion per year by 2020 to deliver the free entitlements.
Commenting, Andrew Griffiths said: “For many parents, being able to afford good-quality childcare is essential to working and supporting their families. It’s not just an issue, but the issue, and I know from speaking with families across Burton and Uttoxeter what a difference 30 free hours of childcare is making. Reliable childcare gives parents peace of mind and makes day to day life that bit easier.
“We want to help people with the cost of living. That’s why the government is spending more money on childcare than ever before, helping parents to balance their home and working lives whilst ensuring more children get the best possible start in life.”
High quality childcare not only helps children get the best start in life, but also supports many parents who want or need to work. Beneficiaries of the scheme have reported improved family finances as well as a better work-life balance. Alongside introducing and increasing the National Living Wage, and raising the personal allowance, childcare support is one of a number of ways the Government is helping families with the cost of living.