Childcare funding

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3988
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What discussions have you had with your colleagues in Government to seek higher funding levels for childcare in London, given the higher cost of providing childcare services in the capital?

Answer

Answer for Childcare funding

Answer for Childcare funding

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I met with Liz Truss back in July 2013 and discussed a range of issues relating to affordable childcare provision. Since then I have been working with the Department for Education and London Councils on increasing childcare provision by schools which will provide some indication of costs of this model of provision. We recently held an event with the DfE with schools to look at how to increase the provision of childcare in schools and address price issues.

 

My London Plan refers to the help available with securing premises for childcare providers.

 

Affordable childcare is a hugely important concern for parents and critical to London’s continued economic success and competitiveness and there is already some great work going on in many London schools to make childcare work better for working parents.