Families will be thrown a lifeline by early-years plans

Restoring Sure Start centres is a major priority

Commenting on Labour Party proposals to expand free childcare and open 1,000 new Sure Start centres, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“Accessible, quality childcare and early years support can have a life-changing impact on children and their families.

“Restoring the network of Sure Start centres will offer a lifeline by providing education and health services to those families most in need, after years of cuts left them in tatters.

“These proposals, along with an increase in free childcare, would bring long-term benefits far wider than just making life easier for families to go out to work. It’s vital that a new government recognises the importance of the staff in the childcare profession who have been undervalued for far too long.”

Notes to editors
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.

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