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‘Still more to do’ on support for childcare costs following years of campaigning by petitioners

17 March 2023

Additional entitlements to free childcare were unveiled in the Budget following years of campaigning by parents and early-years providers, including several e-petitions that have prompted debates in Westminster Hall.

The Petitions Committee over the years has scheduled several debates and surveyed thousands of people around the issue of childcare, and looked at the cost of childcare and sustainability of the childcare sector in its inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on new parents.

Calls for increased help with the cost of childcare have now been recognised in the Government’s latest Budget.

Chair's comments

Catherine McKinnell MP, Chair of the Petitions Committee, said:

“The Petitions Committee over several years of debate and public engagement, has heard from tens of thousands of parents struggling to afford suitable childcare.

We’ve also heard from the childcare sector which is facing record numbers leaving the industry due to financial pressures and staff shortages.

I’m proud the Petitions Committee has been able to give these tireless campaigners and industry experts a platform, and I thank everyone who has campaigned on this issue, especially those who have started and signed e-petitions about childcare.

Yet – there is still more to do.

Does the sector have the support it needs to roll-out the new Government funding? And what about the serious concerns raised by petitioners and experts who we heard from before a debate on childcare staff ratios last year? The childcare sector and parents need clarity about how these new entitlements, and changes to staff-child ratios, will be delivered in a way that makes affordable and safe childcare more accessible.

The Petitions Committee will continue to provide a platform for all the voices that should be heard on this issue.”

Petitions received with over 10,000 signatures on childcare since the petition site opened in 2015:

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