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Child poverty

Tackling disadvantage through childcare

This briefing, produced by Coram Institute, outlines our proposal for a new childcare system that better meets parents' needs - particularly families facing disadvantage.

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Childcare holds the power to tackle disadvantage by enabling parents to work and boosting children’s outcomes. But this opportunity is being missed and new Government investment risks entrenching rather than changing an unequal system.


Complete reform of childcare is needed to create a system that

  • makes high-quality childcare accessible for all families,
  • improves affordability through one simple payment system,
  • supports children’s development holistically, including when they are not attending childcare.
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