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Labour Pledges 100,000 New Childcare Places

The Labour Party plans to create 100,000 new childcare places and over 3,000 new nurseries by converting primary school classrooms. This will be funded by VAT on private schools. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer highlights the necessity of these changes to rebuild Britain’s childcare system.
The Labour Party has announced plans to create 100,000 new childcare places and establish more than 3,000 new nurseries.

Under the proposal, many existing classrooms in primary schools will be transformed into school-based nurseries, costing around £40,000 per classroom.

Funding will come from VAT levied on private schools, a move that has been criticized by some in the sector.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer emphasized the necessity of these measures for rebuilding Britain.

Due to the predicted decrease in the number of nursery and primary school children over the next four years, Labour intends to use available space in primary schools to set up these nurseries in high-need areas.

High-quality nurseries could be operated by primary schools, or local private and voluntary providers.

Supporters like the Fawcett Society called the initiative timely, while critics argue that it should also address staffing needs to ensure adequate childcare services.

The Conservative Party has been approached for comments.
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