Thank you for contacting me about childcare.

I share the commitment to ensure that this a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few. Education lies at the heart of this ambition, and the early years are crucial to giving every child the best start in life.

More support is already being provided to families through record investment in childcare, rising from £5 billion to £6 billion by 2020. This is helping to double the free childcare on offer to parents of 3 and 4 year olds to 30 hours per week. I hope that this, along with tax-free childcare, will make a real different to millions of hardworking families. The Education Secretary has set out her plans to reform the way in which early years providers are funded, ensuring a much better deal for nurseries, preschools and childminders. The changes will create a fairer system that better provides the affordable, high-quality childcare families deserve.

I welcome that 93 per cent of early years providers are now rated as good or outstanding. Improving the quality of these providers and the skill of those who work with children is a top priority, and I know that Ministers continue to work hard to drive these standards higher still.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.