Recent figures have shown that London has the highest childcare costs in Britain. What new action will you be taking to make childcare more affordable for Londoners given your previous comments on the issue?
The cost of childcare and its impact on families is of a great concern to me, particularly with the rising costs of living. As Mayor, I cannot directly influence the cost of childcare in London. That’s why I have continually called on the government to increase funding levels for early years providers.
Through my London Early Years Campaign, I’m raising awareness about the range of existing childcare support offers available to parents. This includes marketing on social media, targeting parents of under 5s directly, plus work to improve awareness amongst family-facing professionals. This week I have also launched a new toolkit, as part of the Good Work Standard, to help employers in London better support working parents to understand what’s available.
I have made sure that childcare offers are included in my new Cost of Living Hub, which contains information about help Londoners can get if they are in financial difficulty.