Prime Minister Rishi Sunak defends rollout of free childcare hours

The government has defended its rollout of free childcare after Labour called the system a “total mess”. The scheme is being expanded in phases, with 15 hours of free childcare now available for working parents of two-year-olds.

Rishi Sunak called it a “positive and exciting moment”, while Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said 150,000 families had already registered. But Labour said last week it would not commit to the plans.

Labour has said it does not believe the current plans will be able to provide enough extra places, but said it was committed to the “real opportunity” of reforming childcare.


Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Ms Keegan said the government was “working all across the country to make sure we build the capacity to cope with the demand”.

The prime minister also appeared on BBC Radio Tees on Tuesday morning, where he said the government’s “methodical” rollout was working.We said this is a really big change and we need to take the time to get it right, to give time for the sector to grow and expand,” Mr Sunak said.

“And if you look, that is working. Staffing levels in the sector have increased, and the number of places has also increased over the past year as well.

Source: BBC

In other news – Prince Harry has some explaining to do in May 2024

Experts believe Prince Harry has a lot of explaining he’ll need to do in May once he returns back for the Invictus Games. Royal writer Tom Quinn issued these sentiments about Prince Harry. Be weighed in on everything during one of his most recent interviews with The Mirror.

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It began when Mr Quinn said, “Barring a major upset, Harry will certainly return to the UK for the Invictus games in May it’s his baby. Read more

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