Richer families in England ‘more likely to benefit from childcare expansion’

Exclusive: Plan to offer free childcare when both parents work 16 hours a week risks excluding children most in need, study reveals

Richer families in England are almost six times as likely to benefit from the government’s childcare expansion as low-income ones, research has revealed.

Experts have warned that poorer children will be “denied access” to early years education because their parents do not meet the government’s eligibility criteria, which states that both parents must work at least 16 hours a week.

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