Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper was in Milton Keynes this week to meet with parents and toddlers at a New Bradwell nursery.
Affordable, accessible childcare is one of Labour’s top priorities in Milton Keynes, with the cost of a nursery place in the South East having risen by 25% since 2010.
At the same time childcare places have fallen in the South East by 4,122, making it harder for families to find affordable and quality childcare.
Yvette was joined on the visit to Acorn Nursery by Milton Keynes South parliamentary candidate Andrew Pakes, Emily Darlington, Milton Keynes North Labour candidate, and Councillor Peter Marland, leader of the Labour Group.
Labour has said it will increase the amount of free childcare available for working parents – this would benefit 2,550 three and four year olds and their families in Milton Keynes.
Labour’s local election candidates in Milton Keynes have said if they take control of the council they will provide £500 of childcare vouchers for parents returning to work after 3 years.
Alongside plans to extend free childcare for working parents, Labour will also give a legal guarantee to parents with primary-aged children that they can access before and after-school childcare through their school – giving parents the peace of mind that their children are safe and cared for when they are at work.
Andrew Pakes, Labour & Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South, commented: “Making ends meet is tough at the moment. Energy bills are through the roof and the cost of childcare is like a second mortgage.
“I am really pleased that Yvette found the time to come to Milton Keynes to listen to local parents and hear about the importance of good quality affordable childcare across the city.
“As a growing, young city we need to do more to improve the cost and spread of childcare for parents, including expanding wrap around care at schools to make it easier for working parents.”