This morning, PACEY's Head of Policy and
Communications attended a breakfast round table discussion on
childcare chaired by Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist. The event
was organised as a fringe event at the Labour Party conference in
- Patrick Diamond, Senior Research Fellow,
- Lucy Powell MP, Progress
- Julian Foster, Managing Director, Computer
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- Anne Longfield, Chief Executive,
The discussion was around the difficulty
many families find in balancing work and childcare. Suggestions
from the panel included:
- A need to have a childcare system
that supports the changing nature of employment with increasing
proportion of working patterns outside the traditional hours. They
noted that the UK has lower full time working participation
rate for women with school age children.
- A need to look at a universal childcare
offer in the future but to work together now to provide a blended
model for parents to access.
- The next government should consider a supply-side solution
rather than yet another piecemeal demand-side offer. But this would
need an enlightened Treasury to understand the investment required
to go from one system to the other.
The panel agreed that quality and
affordability are essential to the success of any policy
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