This report covers findings from a telephone survey among 1,000 parents of children aged under 15 in England. It was commissioned to inform the work of the joint Department for Education and Department for Work and Pensions commission on childcare. The commission, announced by the Prime Minister on 19 June 2012, looked at how to reduce the costs of childcare for working families and the burdens on childcare providers.
The commission has three key themes:
- considering ways to encourage the provision of wrap-around 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