Primary School Nurseries Encouraged To Take On 2-Year-Olds To Tackle Current Childcare Crisis

Under new government plans to tackle childcare crises, The Telegraph reports that Liz Truss, the education minister, is writing to every council in England to suggest that school nurseries should extend their opening hours to allow parents to leave toddlers during the working day.

The government believes it will also enable mothers to go back into part-time work and help prevent children from disadvantaged backgrounds from slipping behind.

By the end of this year, it is forecasted that about 40 per cent of all two-year-olds — equivalent to 130,000 children from poorer backgrounds — will be entitled to 15 hours of free care a week. Middle-class parents will have to pay for the service.

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source of news: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10615824/Schools-encouraged-to-take-2-year-olds-to-tackle-childcare-crisis.html

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