London Childcare Strategy

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4295
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

As referred to in your latest Mayor's report and in your answer to my Mayor's Question 2014/0584, on 5 February and 21 October this year the GLA has facilitated meetings between the Department for Education and schools to discuss and encourage wraparound childcare. You said in your answer to my question that these "will help with our strategy to assist with childcare so parents are able to access employment opportunities." When will this long awaited strategy be published?

Answer

Answer for London Childcare Strategy

Answer for London Childcare Strategy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Whilst I am not producing a formal childcare strategy, I will continue to work with DfE, London Councils and other stakeholders to explore ways in which the GLA can support local authorities to increase supply of affordable childcare.

The LEP £502 million 2014-2020 ESF funding will deliver programmes focused on tackling poverty, boosting employment and skills.  In particular, programmes focused on parental employment, troubled families and in-work progression aims to help reduce worklessness and in-work poverty.  Support with childcare will also be included in this provision.  The Child Poverty Action Group as well as several voluntary sector organisations have been engaged to help shape this provision.