Expanding childcare: time for children, parents and family learning

Expanding Childcare: time for children, parents and family learning includes analysis and recommendations from experts including labour market economists, children development and parental engagement experts, organisations representing working families, childcare groups and family learning specialists.  

The paper considers in particular the advantages and disadvantages of the new childcare entitlements announced by the Government. These extend the existing free childcare entitlements so that by September 2025, working parents with children aged 9 months to 2 years old will join those of 3- to 4- year-olds, who are already entitled to 30 hours free childcare.  

Authors also look at wider issues for childcare including the professionalisation of the childcare workforce, pay and strategies for childcare workforce development.  

The paper looks at the benefits of free childcare and examines its role in supporting not only the important aspects of child development and parental time for work, but also time for parents to develop themselves through adult learning, participate in skills training to get a better job, and engage in family learning to the benefit of the whole family.  

The report concludes with recommendations from Campaign for Learning. 

Authors in Expanding Childcare: time for children, parents and family learning 

Will Snell, Chief Executive, The Fairness Foundation 
Anneka Dawson, Head of Pre-16 Education, Ceri Williams, Senior Research Fellow, and Alexandra Nancarrow, Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies 
Paul Bivand, Independent Policy Analyst 
James Cockett, Labour Market Economist and Claire McCartney, Policy Adviser, Resourcing and Inclusion, CIPD 
Jane van Zyl, Chief Executive, Working Families 
Janeen Hayat, Director of Collective Action, Fair Education Alliance 
Megan Jarvie, Head of Coram Family and Childcare 
Professor Elizabeth Rapa and Professor Louise Dalton, University of Oxford 
Lee Elliot Major, Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter  
Bea Stevenson, Head of Education, Family Links the Centre for Emotional Health 
Simon Ashworth, Policy Director, AELP 
Sharon Cousins, Vice Principal, Newham College and National Association for Managers of Student Services Executive 
Susan Pember, Policy Director, HOLEX 
Sam Freedman, Senior Fellow, Institute for Government 
Susan Doherty, Development Officer – Family Learning, Education Scotland 
Susannah Chambers, Independent Consultant 
Henriett Toth, Parent 


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