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Increasing Free Childcare

Increasing Free Childcare
That this Assembly notes the 2014 Employers for Childcare survey which indicated that 46 per cent of parents in Northern Ireland reduced their working hours or left work due to a lack of affordable childcare; recognises that greater childcare provision would be a key catalyst in bolstering the economy, retaining a skilled workforce and improving the lives of working families; further notes that the Childcare Bill announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s July Budget will increase free preschool childcare entitlement for three and four-year-olds to 30 hours a week in England; and calls for the establishment of an equal 30 hours of free childcare locally as part of a move towards the establishment of an universal childcare model.
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