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Innovation in childcare

The political debate over childcare in the UK has increased in intensity and in urgency in recent years. This is hardly surprising given the central role that childcare provision plays both in improving life chances for children themselves and in enabling parents to work.

While childcare places have increased dramatically over the last two decades, there remains an acute need to provide affordable, flexible, high-quality childcare for every family that needs it. Gaps in the provision of childcare are most in need in deprived areas and if we are going to meet the demand for childcare provision, we need to look to a range of new models that can address the issue of affordability for parents, low profit margins for providers, gaps in provision and a lack of flexibility in delivery.

This report details a number of innovations, both from the UK and globally, that show potential to address the key issues of flexibility, accessibility and affordability of high quality childcare.