Shadow childcare minister visits Linthwaite nursery recently awarded 'outstanding' status
Alison McGovern MP and Jane East in conversation with members of the school council.
Labour’s childcare minister fought through the snow this morning to visit Clough Junior, Infant and Early Years School in Linthwaite to meet with head teacher Gail Newton to discuss early years education and nursery provision.
Alison McGovern MP was accompanied by the Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Colne Valley, Jane East.
The school’s nursery has recently been awarded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
During the visit they discussed Labour’s primary childcare guarantee and the Party’s pledge to increase free childcare for three and four year olds with working parents to 25 hours a week.
The Primary Childcare Guarantee is just that - a legal guarantee that parents of primary-aged children can access childcare from 8am to 6pm through their local school, helping families tackle the logistical nightmare that before- and after-school childcare can become.
Labour will also increase the number of free hours of childcare for three and four year olds with working parents from 15 to 25 hours per week.
Alison McGovern, Labour’s Shadow Childcare Minister, said:
“It was fantastic to meet Gail Newton and see firsthand the fantastic work she and her staff are doing at Clough Junior, Infant and Early Years School.
“We had an extremely useful discussion about the huge importance of treating early years education with the utmost priority and discussed how the next Labour government will ease the burden of childcare on working parents.
“Our plans to increase free childcare for three and four year olds to 25 hours a week will help 12,000 mums in Yorkshire and benefit 43,000 children.
“And for those who find juggling the school run with work, our primary childcare guarantee – a legal guarantee that parents can access childcare at their local school from 8am to 6pm, will make a big difference.”
Jane East, Labour candidate for Colne Valley, said:
“It was really inspiring to meet Gail and hear from her and some of her pupils about the creative energy and supportive atmosphere at Clough School. I was particularly impressed by the children talking about negotiation and interaction. These are exactly the kind of skills we want our young people to develop. The best education is not just about excelling in exams; it is about enabling our children and young people to become thoughtful, resilient individuals, able to face whatever challenges life throws at them.
“One of the last Labour government’s best achievements was the focus it gave to early years education and the next Labour government will do so again. As a former family and childcare social worker, I know that all the evidence points to the fact that the best time to make a real difference in a young person’s life prospects and attitudes to learning is in those first few years.”