Free Childcare Scheme - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:07 pm on 20 March 2024.

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Photo of Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway Baroness O'Grady of Upper Holloway Chair, Modern Slavery Act 2015 Committee, Chair, Modern Slavery Act 2015 Committee 3:07, 20 March 2024

Does the Minister agree that many families up and down Britain are tearing their hair out over the cost and difficulty of accessing quality affordable childcare? Clearly, delivery is crucial. Would she also agree that childcare is one part of the jigsaw puzzle, and that many working families in Britain are also worried about security of employment and predictability of working hours and income in order to be able to access childcare? What we really need is a new deal for working people that delivers that security, as well as childcare provision.