In a Scottish Labour debate tomorrow, education spokesperson Hugh Henry MSP will propose that a Scottish childcare commission with all-party support should be established to investigate and make recommendations on the expansion of affordable quality childcare across Scotland.

Hugh Henry MSPHugh Henry said: “Childcare provision is an area that we can all agree is vitally important and we must work together to find solutions for the many challenges faced by Scottish families in finding childcare for working parents.

“The time to act is now, not 16 months down the line after the referendum. We have families telling us that they are struggling to find adequate childcare that enables them to stay in jobs, that’s just not acceptable nor is it sustainable for the Scottish economy. We don’t under-estimate the challenge in delivering comprehensive, affordable childcare but there is general agreement that more needs to be done.

“We need to look at the resources we have to support these families and think of improved childcare as an investment in the labour market. We believe that the political parties in the Scottish Parliament should set aside their differences to deliver a fit-for-purpose childcare system for Scotland. An all-party group working towards the same goals, keeping Scots in jobs and supporting families in earning a living, would be a real step-forward in investigating what the issues are and what can be done to improve the availability of affordable childcare in Scotland.”

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