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On 19 June 2012 the Prime Minister announced a commission on childcare to look at how to reduce the costs of childcare for working families and burdens on childcare providers.
The commission will report in the autumn and is jointly led by Sarah Teather, Minister of State for Children and Families and Maria Miller, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. It will look broadly at relevant issues and particularly consider 3 key themes:
- ways to encourage the provision of wraparound and holiday childcare for children of school age
- identifying any regulation that burdens childcare providers unnecessarily because it is not needed for reasons of quality or safety
- how childcare supports families to move into sustained employment and out of poverty
The work of the commission will be informed by the call for evidence which ran from 19 July to 31 August.