Truss set to keep schools open in bid to resolve childcare crisis

EDUCATION minister Elizabeth Truss is about to announce measures that will encourage schools to open for the whole of the working day in a bid to solve Britain’s childcare crisis.

“It’s crazy we have so many schools in this country that are open 9am-3pm and then closed afterwards, when they have brilliant facilities and many parents need to work longer,” the Tory MP told a City audience yesterday.

Instead she believes schools should become bases for childcare services.

“There’s some very good examples of schools at the moment that offer 8am-6pm provision, either using teaching staff, teaching assistants [or] local nursery staff.”

“We’re hoping to have new proposals out shortly, particularly about school-based childcare.”

Her comments were made at a meeting of Citymothers, a fast-growing organisation that offers peer support to women attempting to balance careers with family life.