Meeting London’s childcare challenge

Issue 154 (Summer 2016)

New research from 4in10 and the Family and Childcare Trust shows that parents in London are paying over £1 billion on childcare every year. In the run up to the mayoral elections, Megan Jarvie ran a series of focus groups with parents on low incomes to discover the issues they wanted the next mayor to address. Despite the huge financial investment parents make, problems with childcare loomed large over a number of different areas of discussion, but most notably over their decisions about employment. Would their wages cover childcare costs? Could they find childcare that matched their working hours? Was there childcare available that they trusted to help their children flourish?

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