#14 Parenting Truths Podcast - Minister Coutinho Discusses The Radical New Childcare Offer

parenting truths podcast Jul 17, 2023
Minister Coutinho

In the UK, parents are offered 15 hours of free childcare per week for all 3 and 4-year-olds. However, in the recent budget, it was announced that this offer is expanding to 30 hours of free childcare per week for working parents with a child from 9 months old right up to 3 years old. This is a radical offer that will double the amount the government spend on childcare by 2027-28.

But what does this mean for the state of childcare in the UK, do we have the infrastructure to cope with this expansion? Childcare settings continually report a high turnover of staff due to low wages and limited career progression. And within the offer, the staff-to-toddler ratio is increasing, so what impact will this have on the safety of our kids?

I seek answers to all of these questions in today's episode where I'm joined by Conservative MP and Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing Minister Countinho.

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