Jenny Willott, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, today asked the Welsh Minister about ensuring parents in Cardiff can access free childcare in a way that suits them rather than Cardiff Council.
Jenny Willott MP has spoken to local parents who find it hard, if not impossible, to access their entitlement to 15 hours free childcare because the system in Cardiff is so inflexible. Many working parents in Cardiff are therefore not getting their 15 hours free entitlement and are paying the full cost themselves. As a result, they are worse off than they would be in England.
Jenny Willott MP raised this issue with the Minister during Welsh Questions in the House of Commons.
Commenting, Jenny Willott MP, said:
“Parents in Cardiff have complained to me that they can’t access their free childcare entitlement because you can only get a free place for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week at a state-run nursery school, which is useless for working parents.
“Providing flexible childcare is crucial to allow parents, particularly women, to stay in work. I don’t want to see Welsh parents at a disadvantage simply because it’s more convenient for the local Council to provide an inflexible service. Labour-run Cardiff Council need to consider families’ needs rather than their own.
“I’m pleased that the Minister agrees with me that parents in Cardiff should be able to access more flexible free childcare and that he has agreed to pursue this matter with the Welsh Government.”