Free Childcare Scheme Debate

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Department: Department for Education

Free Childcare Scheme

Baroness Deech Excerpts
Wednesday 20th March 2024

(2 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness Deech Portrait Baroness Deech (CB)
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Has the Minister looked at comparative data which shows that childcare is so much more expensive and the requirements so much more stringent here than in other countries around the world? It is also the case that calculations have been done in the States to show that, if all childcare was absolutely free, it would eventually be covered by the tax returns from women and other parents who would be freed up to go back to work.

Baroness Barran Portrait Baroness Barran (Con)
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That is exactly what the Government are delivering, and exactly those calculations were behind the Government’s decision to make such an increase. In 2027-28, we will be spending in excess of £8 billion on free childcare hours and early education. To make sure that the noble Baroness is aware, from September 2025 there will be 30 hours of free childcare from when a child is nine months old until they start school.