The Welsh Assembly has been leading the way on free childcare in the UK. But as a constituency that is on the Wales/England border there are a number of people who either work in the childcare sector in England or send there children there. This results in them having to use the English system.
Nearly 200,000 children in Britain have already fallen behind by the age of five, while one children’s centre closes a week The only way to improve life chances is to secure a well funded childcare system.
I asked the Minister what recent assessment he had made on the roll-out of 30 hours free childcare. You can see he wasn’t able to provide a decent answer and I fear more children’s centres in England will continue to struggle and parents won’t be able to get the childcare they need.