Holiday Child Care

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3351
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Family and Childcare Trust survey findings suggest holiday childcare costs have risen and at the same time availability has dropped. Costs have risen by 4% since 2016 which is average of £124 for one week of holiday childcare. Costs in London have risen by 10 % to £112 per week in Inner London and £135 per week in Outer London. Further worry related to supply is that In Inner London, 44 % of local authorities reported they have enough childcare for parents working full time, but only 18 per cent of local authorities in Outer London. This is very worrying situation - overall this is a very worrying picture and in particular Outer London fares so badly. Is there anyway the Mayor can assist to deal with the inequality?

Answer

Answer for Holiday Child Care

Answer for Holiday Child Care

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have commissioned the Family and Childcare Trust to deliver a project to improve the availability of useful data to better support early years and childcare in London. x The GLA we will publish a toolkit this autumn to help local authorities develop their Childcare Sufficiency Assessments (these include childcare provision up to the age of 14, or until the age of 18 in the case of children with a disability).

The toolkit will also identify good, local practice in improving access to childcare and outcomes for children. I hope this will make it easier for London local authorities to manage their childcare markets effectively and help families find the childcare that is right for them.