Tessa Jowell launches Childcare Commission report

Admin (04 March, 2015) Politics

Parents and childminders could find their perfect match as new measures announced after six month research project into making childcare affordable in Southwark

812Dame Tessa Jowell (pictured here at Goose Green Primary) led the commission

A CHILDCARE matchmaking service will be set up in Southwark to bring parents and minders together if the recommendations of Dame Tessa Jowell’s Childcare Commission are taken on by the council.

A report detailing the ways into childcare could be made more affordable in Southwark and Lambeth was launched yesterday at Loughborough Children’s Centre.

The six-month research project was launched after it came to light that parents are now paying on average £14,000 a year in childcare costs for a two-year-old, leading to a record low maternity employment levels in London.

Other recommendations included councils incentivising employers to set up workplace nurseries, travel discounts to parents and a London Mayor-funded interest-free loan scheme so that parents can pay childcare costs upfront.

Dame Tessa Jowell, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, said: “Parents have to be free to work whilst raising their families; children have to be given the nurturing environment they need to grow.  This report presents a serious set of recommendations to make childcare in Lambeth and Southwark better for families, better for children, better for our communities – and I am proud to support it.”

Leader of Southwark Council, Cllr Peter John, said: “This report offers a series of ideas and exciting options that we must – and will – consider. We will work with parents, businesses and the Mayor in open partnership to create a city that embraces parenthood and creates a world of opportunity for all our children.”

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