Helping with childcare bill

Lauren Farmer, manager of the Safehands Green Start Nursery.

Lauren Farmer, manager of the Safehands Green Start Nursery.

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PLANS to ease the burden of childcare on parents have been backed by a Fylde coast nursery.

It comes as the Government announced proposals to examine how they can lower the cost of providing quality care after school clubs and holiday schemes for children.

Lauren Farmer, manager at Safehands Green Start Nursery, which is based at Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road stadium, says the new plans should help struggling parents.

She said: “If they are going to subsidise it, it will help parents go back to work.

“It will also mean more children can access education so they are ready for school.”

The plans were proposed after a study revealed British parents spend more than half their income on childcare for under fives.

One of the proposals being considered is the lifting the three child cap on the number of children under-five a childminder can care for.

Mrs Farmer added: “The caring of babies is where parents struggle because they sometimes have to go back to work and lose out on time they would spend with their children.”

Coun Sarah Riding, Blackpool Council cabinet member for equality and diversity, says she does not want the changes to affect the quality of the care.

She added: “I welcome anything that will improve and strengthen the quality of care and also the quality of time is very important.

“We have had issues around Blackpool which include neglect, and we have to make sure children have a high quality of care.”

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