We want your views on childcare

Hampstead and Kilburn Labour Party is seeking local parents’ views on the pressing issue of childcare, at a meeting on Sunday 17 February.

As regular readers of this blog will know, I’ve spent a fair amount of time campaigning (successfully!) to address the deficit of primary school places in NW6.

As night follows day, it follows that there’s also real demand for properly affordable childcare, that suits the lives of busy, often working, parents (especially working mothers).  Camden deserves real credit on this score by restoring its universal provision of 25 hours of free childcare for three and four year-olds in its schools and childrens’ centres, as announced in the last few days.

However, we want to hear your views on what can be done to improve access to childcare, and thus enable more parents to work or train.  This isn’t just about getting hard-pressed families off benefits (although NW6 has more private tenants claiming housing benefit than anywhere else in Camden) – it’s about helping families at every level, from those on the minimum wage to the much-talked about ‘squeezed middle to be able to work the hours they need.

If you’ve got any views or experiences on the matter, please do come along and share them.

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