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Policy actions 3 of 4

Childcare provision

We are increasing and improving high-quality, flexible early learning and childcare that is accessible and affordable.

Since 2014:

  • early learning and childcare hours have increased from 475 to 600 per year for all three- and four-year-olds
  • the entitlement to 600 hours has been extended to more than a quarter of two-year-olds who will benefit the most
  • councils have started to improve the flexibility and range of options for how these hours can be accessed
  • we have pledged to start planning for an increase in early learning and childcare provision from 600 to 1,140 hours a year by the end of the next parliament

The vast majority of people working in the early learning and childcare sector are female. As part of the workforce expansion plan, we will take steps to promote this as a rewarding career for both men and women.

Find out more: early learning and childcare