Childcare provision above the national average

Childcare provision above the national average

Childcare provision above the national average

First published in News

OXFORDSHIRE is one of the few places in the UK where enough out-of-school childcare is available, a report has revealed.

The study, published today, from the Family and Childcare Trust shows that more than 60 per cent of local authorities in Britain do not have enough childcare, or they don’t know whether there is enough childcare, for the five to 11 age group.

Unlike surrounding authorities Swindon, Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire and Reading, Oxfordshire is among the 94 councils that has enough childcare.

The trust’s Oxfordshire findings are based on the county council’s own childcare sufficiency report.

It shows that there are 1,464 providers of childcare in Oxfordshire for children aged between five and 11, which the county council says is a “healthy stock”.

Commenting on the UK-wide results, Family and Childcare Trust chief executive Anand Shukla said: “Far too many parents face a never-ending battle to secure affordable, quality childcare just so that they can go to work to provide for their families.

“The system needs a complete overhaul.”

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