Mothers on zero-hour contracts can't plan their childcare and often rely on their own parents to step in unpaid and yet we still have no childcare strategy
. This is simply unacceptable.
The Labour leader will announce the policy as part of a wider childcare strategy
, much of which will not apply in Scotland.
The Family and Childcare Trust believe that all political parties should commit to a long-term childcare strategy
that delivers for parents, providers and children.
Based on the facts and analyses presented in this article, the present authors would like to make the following suggestion for more closely approaching this goal: A holistic and comprehensive childcare strategy
that addresses all organizational and operational aspects of the industry, and overhauls many policies of the current system in order to ensure equal affordability and quality of childcare for all those who need it.
This marked a development from the Childcare Strategy
from 1998, where no childcare spaces for children under the age of three were mentioned.
The National Childcare Strategy
(DfEE, 1998) set out the Government's commitment to ensuring 'good quality, affordable childcare for children aged 0 to 14 in every neighbourhood'.
"We have always had a very productive relationship with Stockton Borough Council's Childcare Strategy
team and our excellent resources have come from this partnership.
In this regard there are already key policies that should be implemented, such as the National Services Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services; Child Poverty Strategy and Implementation Plan; Parenting Action Plan; Play Strategy; Childcare Strategy
; to name but a few.
Further childcare policy measures introduced under the National Childcare Strategy
include increases in Maternity Leave and Maternity Benefit.
Longbridge Childcare Strategy
Group runs courses including food hygiene and first aid.
Ministers have set out a ten-year childcare strategy
which promises to provide "affordable, flexible, high quality childcare for all parents who need it".