Today, Lib Dem leader & Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, set out the Liberal Democrat vision for a world-class early years education system.
In a speech to the Pre-School Learning Alliance, Nick outlined Liberal Democrat plans to provide 15 hours a week of free childcare to all children of working parents aged between 9 months and two years.
This would save the average family £2,670 over the course of a year.
Nick also set out plans to give all two-year olds 15 hours free childcare per week, saving the average family £2,450 over a year.
In his speech Nick restated the Liberal Democrats long-term ambition to increase the provision of free childcare to 20 hours a week for all two, three and four year olds and for children of working parents aged between 9 months and two years.
Nick’s comments come as the Family and Childcare Trust survey confirms that with demand increasing, the cost of childcare is rising.
Liberal Democrats recognise that pressure on working parents to budget for their childcare costs doesn’t just start when their child is two years old which is why we plan to introduce measures that will save families money.
Nick also discussed the Liberal Democrat commitment to increase the Early Years Pupil Premium from £300 to £1,000 per child.