Labour announce more childcare help for working parents (Working Parents United)

Labour announce more childcare help for working parents (Working Parents United)

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls is expected to unveil plans to provide up to 25 hours of free childcare to working parents. This would be a ten hour increase from the 15 hours currently on offer to all parents of three and four-year-olds.

It comes after the Labour party announced that it would make it a legal requirement for primary schools to provide childcare between the hours of 8am and 6pm to support working parents and encourage more mothers and fathers into jobs. Ed Milliband has said that it "doesn't make sense in this century" that some schools shut their gates during the afternoon when parents often have to work.

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