Free Childcare: Costs and Benefits — [Geraint Davies in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 19th February 2019.

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Photo of Chris Elmore Chris Elmore Opposition Whip (Commons) 9:30 am, 19th February 2019

My hon. Friend talks about the closure of centres across England, but of course things are different in Wales. In my constituency, two new Flying Start centres have opened in the last two years. I was previously a cabinet member for education in a local authority in Wales and we continued to open such Flying Start centres.

All the evidence from Welsh Government analysis and local government analysis shows that early intervention works. It can be clearly shown that, where early intervention takes place around potty training, interaction with adults and early learning, as my hon. Friend Alex Cunningham mentioned, it makes a huge difference. Things can be done differently and are being done differently by the Labour-led Welsh Government.