Henry Smith MP has welcomed new figures showing that this term 5,230 children in West Sussex are benefiting from the Government’s 30 hours free childcare offer.
The offer saves working families around £5,000 per year per child and has seen 325,000 families benefit across the country in the current school term alone, an 11 per cent increase on the same time last year.
High quality childcare not only helps children get the best start in life, but also supports many parents who want or need to work. Beneficiaries of the scheme have reported improved family finances as well as a better work-life balance.
“I know from personal experience that being a working parent is hard, and speaking with families across Crawley I’m pleased the 30 hours free childcare offer is making a difference. More parents are increasing their working hours, able to work more flexibly, and are spending less on childcare so they have spare cash to spend on their families.
“Every parent wants to give their child the best start in life and that’s why it’s great to see parents in Crawley and around West Sussex benefitting from this support for families.”
Alongside introducing and increasing the National Living Wage, and raising the personal allowance, childcare support is one of a number of ways this Government is helping families with the cost of living.