Affordable Childcare

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Hina Bokhari Hina Bokhari Liberal Democrat

Access to affordable childcare is important to support full participation in the London economy. In the light of recent surveys (see, for example, https://www.theguardian.com/money/2022/mar/25/childcare-costs-spiralled-uk-families-survey) that have shown childcare costs rising to unmanageable levels, what representations have you made to Government to ensure that London families have access to good quality and affordable childcare?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I agree that access to high quality early education and childcare is vital for London. Not only does it underpin our economic success by allowing parents to work, it helps tackle inequalities and improves outcomes for our city’s most vulnerable children.

Although I cannot directly influence the cost of childcare in London, I have consistently called on the Government to address the chronic underfunding of the early years sector and increase funding levels, including through my official responses to the Treasury’s Comprehensive Spending Reviews in 2020 and 2021.

At the start of last year, I also published research into the business support needs of London’s early years sector, including recommendations for the government and other stakeholders to support its sustainability. In response to these recommendations, I launched my London Early Years Campaign, which supports parents by raising awareness about the range of existing childcare support offers available, as well as Strong Early Years London - a programme of essential business support for London’s early years providers, to support them as we emerged from the pandemic.