Subsidised childcare for working parents will help eradicate poverty say OECD

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has called on the Government to provide more affordable and good quality local day-care centres, with flexible opening hours. This they say is the  key to helping families with children on low incomes into work.

Our own work with parents has shown that projects like the Childcare Affordablility Programme, which provided free childcare for parents who were training or moving into work, were amongst the most sucessful in motivating parents to take the steps necessary to find a job.

Current government policy is facing in the other direction with cuts to Sure Start Centres reducing the supply of childcare and reduction in the Childcare Element of Working Tax Credit from 80% to 70% of the cost making it more expensive for the lowest paid.

OECD (2011) Doing Better for Families

2 thoughts on “Subsidised childcare for working parents will help eradicate poverty say OECD

  1. Laura Dewar says:

    I agree and more depressing news about children and lack of pre-school education in the latest Save the Children Report.

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