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.