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This is the presentation given by Vidhya Alakeson in response to the keynote speech by Elizabeth Truss MP at the event: Meeting the childcare challenge for working parents, held at Resolution Foundation on 13th February 2014. In a keynote speech, Elizabeth Truss MP (Minister for Education and Childcare) set out the government's agenda for meeting the challenge of high-quality and affordable childcare for working parents. Keynote speech: Elizabeth Truss MP – Minister for Education and Childcare Followed by responses from: Vidhya Alakeson – Deputy Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation Dr Eva Lloyd - Reader in Early Childhood, University of East London Sir Robin Bosher - Director of Primary Education, Harris Federation Jane Garvey - Presenter, BBC Woman's Hour (chair)
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  • 1. …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Meeting the childcare challenge for working parents Elizabeth Truss MP Vidhya Alakeson Sir Robin Bosher Dr Eva Lloyd Jane Garvey (Chair) @resfoundation #futureofchildcare
  • 2. …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Meeting the childcare challenge for working parents Vidhya Alakeson Resolution Foundation www.resolutionfoundation.org @resfoundation #futureofchildcare
  • 3. Household income growth for the typical family will be weak …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • 4. Maternal employment in the UK lags for…… …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. • Single parents • Full-time work • Those with youngest child aged 3-5 year olds • Mothers with three or more children ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… #futureofchildcare
  • 5. Some mothers want to work more • Survey with Mumsnet of nearly 2000 mothers with at least 1 child under 10 • 1 in 5 working mothers want to work more – 10 hours on average • Nearly 4 out of 10 non-working mothers want to work – 23 hours on average • Lower earning mums more likely to want to work ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… #futureofchildcare
  • 6. Affordability still the biggest barrier to work …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Parents are equally supportive of additional support delivered through either the demand or supply side ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… #futureofchildcare
  • 7. Immediate priorities …………………………………………………………………….. • Fix work incentives for low paid mothers in Universal Credit - £200 million Current government proposal for 85% support 85% support for all working parents ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… #futureofchildcare
  • 8. Immediate priorities …………………………………………………………………….. • Ensure that parents can access their existing entitlements flexibly before expanding them • Do more with employers to create real flexibility ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… #futureofchildcare
  • 9. Longer term priorities …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. • Create a new 10 year vision for childcare – where are we headed? • Extend the free entitlement to better support work – 25 hour entitlements • Recoup some of the subsidy to better off parents through capped fees • Invest new money in the supply side to reduce complexity over time – don’t create new funding routes • Address the gap between maternity and 2 year old offer ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… #futureofchildcare
  • 10. …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Meeting the childcare challenge for working parents Elizabeth Truss MP Vidhya Alakeson Sir Robin Bosher Dr Eva Lloyd Jane Garvey (Chair) @resfoundation #futureofchildcare
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