Free childcare for 140,000 two year olds will help address child poverty

November 11, 2011

Responding to the details announced today by the Deputy Prime Minster of the extension of free childcare for 2 year olds in economically disadvantaged households, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

“The government’s child poverty strategy needs to be a broad approach, with action on early years an essential element alongside decent welfare benefits, fair pay and high quality services.

“We know that high quality early childhood education and care can make a big difference to children’s life chances, improving language and other skills in preparation for school. This investment will help give children the leg-up they need to start school on a more equal footing with their peers.

“With child poverty predicted to rise in the coming years, we now need to see the same commitment and resolve in other areas of the child poverty strategy, including family income, if we are to prevent growing poverty from defeating these laudable objectives in the early years.”

Notes for editors
  • Poverty the Facts For up-to-date background facts and stats on UK poverty, visit: www.cpag.org.uk/povertyfacts/
  • CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
  • CPAG is one of over 150 member organisations of the Campaign to End Child Poverty, campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goals of halving child poverty by 2010 and ending child poverty by 2020 are met.

For further information please contact:

Tim Nichols

CPAG Press Officer

Tel. 020 7812 5216 or 07816 909302

tnichols@cpag.org.uk