Michael has welcomed new figures showing that 3328 children are benefiting from the Government’s 30 hours free childcare offer across Dorset and Poole.
The offer saves working families around £5,000 per year per child and saw over 200,000 children benefit nationally in its first term. There are now nearly 300, 000 children in 30 hours places in England. It’s backed by a record investment of £6 billion per year in childcare, which includes an extra £1 billion per year by 2020 to deliver the free entitlements.
High quality childcare not only helps children get the best start in life, but also supports many parents who want or need to work. Beneficiaries of the scheme have reported improved family finances as well as a better work-life balance.
Alongside introducing and increasing the National Living Wage, and raising the personal allowance, childcare support is one of a number of ways this Government is helping families with the cost of living.
Michael said ‘We know that for many parents, childcare costs are a significant factor in considering whether or not they can work to support their families. I know from speaking to families in Dorset that the 30 hours subsidised care is making a real difference. Reliable childcare is vital to families.
This government is spending more money on childcare than ever before, helping parents to balance their home and working lives whilst ensuring more children get the best possible start in life.’