Labour’s shadow childcare minister Alison McGovern embarked on a tour of West Yorkshire yesterday to spread the Party’s message on childcare.
Alison and Labour's PPC for Colne Valley, Jane East meeting with Gail Newton Headteacher of Linthwaite Clough JIEY School, in Colne Valley.
She met with headteachers, Sure Start staff and parents in visits in Colne Valley, Calder Valley, Dewsbury and Boston Spa, talking to people about Labour’s primary childcare guarantee and our pledge to increase free childcare for three and four year olds to 25 hours a week.
Alison McGovern, Labour’s Shadow Childcare Minister, said:
“It was great to meet staff, parents and teachers across West Yorkshire and to support our fantastic parliamentary candidates in Colne Valley, Calder Valley, Dewsbury and Elmet & Rothwell. People told me how much of a crucial resource children’s centres are to local families – I’m very proud that the last Labour government introduced Sure Start, we understood the importance of early years education and support for parents.
Josh Fenton Glynn, Labour's PPC for Calder Valley and Shadow Childcare Minister Alison McGovern meeting with teachers, parents and pupils in Calder Valley.
“Many of the parents we met today would benefit hugely from Labour’s pledge to increase free childcare for three and four year olds to 25 hours a week. They told me it would help them return to work or increase their hours.
Alison, and Labour's PPC for Dewsbury, Paula Sherriff met employees and local mothers at the Dewsbury Moor Sure Start Centre.
“Many mums want to return to work but simply find the huge costs of childcare make it prohibitive – Labour will change that so mums who want to work can work. The policy will help 12,000 mums across Yorkshire and 43,000 children."
Whilst in Elmet & Rothwell, Alison and Labour's PPC for the constituency, Veronica King met with staff and parents at the Boston Spa Children's Centre and Deepdale Community Preschool.
"Our pledge to make it a legal guarantee that parents with children of primary school age will be able to access childcare from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday at their child’s primary school will also be a huge help to thousands of parents who currently struggle hugely with managing work commitments and the school run.”