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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

Childcare in crisis: what’s the cost?

Childcare in crisis: what’s the cost?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

This is a newsroom ThinkIn. In-person and digital-only tickets are available.

Early years childcare is in crisis. Parents face spiralling costs and nurseries are forced to put up fees or close their doors due to rising bills, lack of staff and inadequate government funding for “free” hours.

Better funded and more accessible childcare would offer significant social and economic benefits for families and wider society, so why is the cost of early years provision higher in the UK than most of the world? What does this say about how we value care in our society, and what can the government do about it?

Many childcare reforms suggested by Liz Truss have already been shelved and the early years sector wasn’t mentioned by Rishi Sunak in his January ‘priorities’ speech. Can Jeremy Hunt’s proposals in the latest budget deliver? 

editor and invited experts

Jess Winch
News Editor, Tortoise

Ari Last
Co-founder, Bubble

Neil Leitch
CEO, Early Years Alliance