Social Mobility

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th November 2018.

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Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Secretary of State for Education 12:00 am, 12th November 2018

The hon. Lady is right to identify the centrality of the hundreds of thousands of dedicated people who work in nurseries and early years settings. She mentioned the 30-hours offer and the differences in different income groups. A lone parent has to earn just over £6,500 to be able to access the 30-hours offer. That is one of five extensions of early years and childcare support that have been made available by our Governments since 2010. Overall, by the end of the decade, we will be investing an extra £1 billion, rising to £6 billion in total, on early years in childhood.