MPs say that a plan for child care won’t work without more money.

MPs have said that the government’s plan to pay for more childcare for working parents “will not work” unless the right amount is paid to providers.

The sector was “struggling” to find enough places for children because it didn’t have enough money, the Education Committee report said.

Early-years charities are glad that the review is focusing on the problems the sector is facing.

The government says it will pay people who care for children more.

During the school year, working parents of children ages 3 and 4 can get 30 hours of babysitting paid for by the government. By September 2025, this will be expanded to include children ages 9 months and up.

Robin Walker, who is in charge of the committee, said that “affordability and availability” were big problems in the childcare market, and that “extending the number of hours the government calls “free” won’t work unless the funding rates accurately reflect the costs of providing high-quality early education and childcare.”

The report says that the government must “get this right” or more childcare centers will close in a market that is already struggling. The study also says that the sector needs “far more financial and regulatory reform.”

The MPs also want more proof of how organized childcare affects children under the age of two. They also think that parents who choose to stay home with their kids should get more help.

The review heard that many child care centers charge children who don’t get government-paid hours more to make up for the hours that the government pays for.

The owner of the Kidzrus Nursery Group in Salford, Greater Manchester, Nicola Fluery, said that funding had been a problem for “many years” and that she had to find other ways, like bank loans, to make up for what the government paid for children who were eligible for supported hours.

In April, the government will start to roll out its plan to give working parents more free child care, beginning with 15 hours for two-year-olds. And parents are already calling Kidzrus schools to make sure they don’t miss out.

Ms. Fleury worries that “the number of places available will be far less than the number of people who want to go.”

Purnima Tanuku, the head of the National Day Nurseries Association, thinks that “the policy could fail” if it doesn’t deal with underfunding.

From September, the government’s average hourly wage will go up from:

Three- and four-year-olds pay between £5.29 and £5.62.
Two-year-olds pay between £6 and £7.95
It is also getting feedback on plans to raise rates for next year.

But starting in September, each staff member will be responsible for more two-year-olds. The report said this was very worrying and should be closely watched and “reversed if quality and education outcomes suffer.”

The report covered a lot of ground and made a lot of suggestions. The group asked for:

There will be no more business rates for gardens.
Staff who work with children with special educational needs and disabilities must go through training.
All staff in the early years will use the teachers’ early-career structure.
The study says that parents who are in school or training should also be able to use government-funded hours.

The Department for schooling said it was putting in place “England’s single biggest investment in childcare ever,” which would save working parents who use 30 hours of childcare an average of £6,500 per year and give young children the best possible schooling.

An official said, “We will spend hundreds of millions of pounds each year to raise the amounts we pay childcare providers so that we can support our great early-years workforce.”

“We are also talking to people about how we give out money to make sure it is fair.”

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