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Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Robert Goodwill: I will make time for the hon. Member for High Peak (Ruth George) to respond. I congratulate her on securing this important debate and thank her for contributing to the debate on the urgent question on 6 September about the 30 hours of free childcare. I welcome her involvement in the all-party group on childcare and early education, and look forward to attending its meetings in due course. I...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Robert Goodwill: Precisely. Indeed, the proprietors of many smaller providers often work in their nursery, so their costs are not necessarily higher. There has been some confusion about the number of children who are eligible. Children become eligible as they turn three. We predicted that there would be approximately 200,000 eligible children in September, followed by another 100,000 or so after Christmas and...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Robert Goodwill: May I make some progress? A lot of points have been made in the debate, and I would like to answer some of them. I am sure that all hon. Members present join me in acknowledging that, for many families with young children, childcare is not just an issue, but the issue. In many cases, the costs of childcare are a huge barrier to work, particularly for those in lower-paid jobs. Some parents...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Robert Goodwill: I have very little time left, so I will make some progress now and give way at the end if I have time. The Government are committed to giving every child the best start in life, whether their parents work or not. The 30 hours of free childcare are helping the lowest-paid working parents to manage their finances and have more money left over for their children’s needs. A lone parent...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Robert Goodwill: As the hon. Lady points out, we have tranches of entry, so anyone who has an offer in August for a job that will start in September could get a code. The situation is similar for people who want more hours. We have been as flexible as possible in ensuring that those codes can be given. We take people’s word for it that their job offer is real, but when they confirm the code it becomes...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Robert Goodwill: I am surprised to hear that from the hon. Gentleman, because Tameside council in his area received a 25% increase in the hourly rate given after our review. We are putting our money where our mouth is. As hon. Members will know, we rolled out the policy with a pilot that delivered for 15,000 children, and on 1 September, we rolled it out nationally, so that all eligible parents could join...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Robert Goodwill: Children with special needs certainly need special provision, and we are keen to ensure that we can continue to deliver that. As we move from the old statements to plans in mainstream education, it is proving an effective way to identify the children most in need. We must also consider how to help those in their early years as well.

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Robert Goodwill: No. I have very little time—three minutes—and I need to make a few points. I am hearing fantastic individual stories showing the extraordinary impact that 30 hours childcare is having on families up and down the country. For example, a local employer in Staffordshire recently told us that parents who work at their factory no longer have to hand over their children in the car park...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Robert Goodwill: Nurseries are entitled to charge for additional hours and meals, nappies and other consumables, and they are free to charge what they wish, but a parent with a code can shop around and get a place that meets their exact requirements. As I said, 90% of the codes issued have now been taken up by providers. We are seeing many flexible arrangements: for example, a nursery and a childminder may...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Robert Goodwill: I know the hon. Gentleman is talking about pence, but is he aware that a 10% increase in funding would be well in excess of £250 million per year?

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Robert Goodwill: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way. The review of childcare costs was described as “thorough and wide-ranging” by the National Audit Office, so we believe we can base our costings on those figures. Does she disagree with the National Audit Office’s judgment?

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Robert Goodwill: May I suggest the hon. Lady looks at the record of what I actually said? I was listing the pilot areas and referring to Members of Parliament in the House and the fact they had not raised those issues with me during the period of the trial.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Free Childcare (11 Sep 2017)

Robert Goodwill: Our assessment has seen great success in the 12 early delivery areas: more than 15,000 children were able to benefit from the 30 hours entitlement ahead of the offer rolling out in full, taking huge pressures off families’ lives and budgets.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Free Childcare (11 Sep 2017)

Robert Goodwill: I was very pleased that by the third day of term last week—Wednesday, when we had the urgent question—71% of parents had found a place for their child. We are looking at the picture up and down the country, and where there are situations of insufficiency, we have made available £100 million of capital funding, which will fund an additional 16,000 places where we need them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Free Childcare (11 Sep 2017)

Robert Goodwill: Certainly, 216,384 parents have secured a code. Of those, as I have said, 71% have already found a place, and no doubt more are finding additional places this week.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Free Childcare (11 Sep 2017)

Robert Goodwill: May I make it clear yet again that the 30 hours entitlement is free? Additional hours, lunch and other add-ons can be charged for, but they must not be a prerequisite for taking up the 30 hours.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Free Childcare (11 Sep 2017)

Robert Goodwill: We saw some—I think, deliberately—inaccurate reporting this week in the Sunday Mirror, which forgot completely that we are going to have three intakes in the year. As I have said, we have had more than 200,000 this time, and we will have a new intake in January and another one after Easter. This offer is worth £5,000 per child, a great fillip for families who want to get more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Free Childcare (11 Sep 2017)

Robert Goodwill: The hon. Lady will be pleased to know that during the roll-out in the pilot areas 23% of mothers and 9% of fathers could take additional hours. More importantly, people who could not get work at all because of the cost of childcare can now be in work, earn money and supply a better lifestyle for their families.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Free Childcare (11 Sep 2017)

Robert Goodwill: The provision of 30 hours of free childcare is already working across the country. A recently published independent evaluation of the early roll-out programme shows that more than 80% of providers are willing and able to offer the extended hours. The Department will be investing an additional £1 billion per year by 2019-20 into the free entitlement, including more than £300...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Free Childcare (11 Sep 2017)

Robert Goodwill: As I have pointed out, we carried out a pilot to show that this could work. We also got a review of childcare costs done that was described as “thorough” and “wide-ranging” by the National Audit Office. We have increased the minimum funding rate to £4.30 per hour, which means that £4.41 is paid for three and four-year-olds in Ipswich and £5.20 for...


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