This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government

Petition Oppose 30 hours of free childcare

The pre-election pledge to provide 30 hours “free” childcare is unsustainable unless nurseries are properly funded to provide the high quality childcare the government wants. There is a huge gap between its financial proposals and the real cost to the sector.

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We would ask the Government to change its proposals for introducing 30 hours of free childcare and revert back to a universal offer of 15 hours for every 3 – 4 year old across the country, and the extra 15 hours to be means tested and offered to low-income families as many nurseries will struggle to implement its policy without proper funding in place.

This petition is closed This petition ran for 6 months

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MPs want to hear your views on childcare

On Monday 21 November at 4.30pm, MPs will debate e-petition 132140 on free childcare for working parents. The debate will be led by Helen Jones MP, Chair of the Petitions Committee.

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The Petitions Committee invite you to inform the debate by joining the conversation on the House of Commons Facebook page from Friday 11 to Tuesday 15 November:

Share your thoughts and experiences on the following questions:

• How easy have you found it to find suitable childcare? 

• What are your thoughts on the cost of childcare?  Is the Government giving parents the right support with childcare costs?
• Are there problems with the availability of qualified childcare staff?

On Tuesday 15 November from 4 to 5pm, Helen Jones MP will be joining the discussion live and responding to your comments.

Join the conversation on the House of Commons Facebook page:

Your comments will be shared with MPs taking part in the debate.

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This online discussion is organised by Parliament's Digital Outreach Team which works to involve the public in the work of the UK Parliament.
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