Getting the state out of pre-school & childcare

Childcare provision in the UK is amongst the most expensive in the developed world. This is despite the government pouring more than £7 billion into the sector every year. A new report released today from the Institute of Economic Affairs calls for universal ‘free’ care to be abolished and for costly regulations to be scrapped in order to make childcare more affordable. The IEA’s report illustrates how government intervention in the childcare sector has dramatically raised the costs of childcare while doing little to improve quality of care or the future prospects of young children.

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