Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed new figures showing that 8,311 children are benefiting from the Government's 30 hours free childcare offer in Hampshire.
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.
Caroline was the Minister responsible for the implementation of 30 hours free childcare in her previous role as Early Years Minister at the Department for Education.
Commenting, Caroline said:
'For many parents, being able to afford good-quality childcare is essential to working and supporting their families. It's not just an issue, but the issue, and I know from speaking with families in Gosport what a difference 30 free hours is making. Reliable childcare gives parents peace of mind and makes day to day life that bit easier.
We want to help people with the cost of living. That's why 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.'