Childcare (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1650
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

At the February Mayor's Question Time, you seemed unaware of the Health and Public Services Committee report 'Tackling Childcare Affordability' published in 2012, have you re-familiarised with this and can you provide an update on progress made on the recommendations made to you? 

Answer

Answer for Childcare (1)

Answer for Childcare (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The two recommendations made by the Report were as follows:

       The Mayor to include improving access to early years' education in his education inquiry

       The Mayor to promote childcare vouchers schemes to the capital's employers

My education inquiry did not look at early years separately from other aspects of London's education, but some of the programmes of work that we have developed based on the inquiry's recommendations will benefit early years education in London.  For example, there are seven projects being funded under my London Schools Excellence Fund which will provide support to early years education, primarily through supporting excellence in teaching.  These projects have a combined value of over £1million.  They include a project led by London early Years Foundation to improve the attainment of children through promoting excellence in early years teaching. It will develop the knowledge and skills of nursery staff, ensuring they can deliver a high quality, age-appropriate curriculum in numeracy and literacy and better support parents to sustain children's learning at home.

As part of our discussions with Liz Truss MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare, and with the Department for Education, we are discussing how we encourage more schools to provide more affordable childcare.