In June 2012, the Prime Minister announced a joint Department for Education and Department for Work and Pensions commission on childcare to look at how to reduce the costs of childcare and burdens on childcare providers in England.
The commission looked at three key themes in particular:
- ways to encourage the provision of wraparound and holiday childcare for children of school age
- to identify any regulation that burdens childcare providers unnecessarily
- to examine how childcare supports families to move into sustained employment and out of poverty