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Mumsnet co-founder Justine Roberts' response to the Government's announcement of future financial help for working parents is "thank God they're doing something".
But she questioned whether parents who earn just under £300,000 should be given extra money by the state.
Parents will be able to claim up to £1,200 per child under new childcare plans unveiled and promoted today by David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
The Coalition leaders met parents at a nursery in south London with the welcome news that from 2015 they will have 20 per cent of rising childcare costs covered.
But, as ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports, the delay for the new funding pledge to take effect has been criticised.
The Government's £1,200 childcare cost pledge will benefit many working families but leave others worse off, a leading think tank has claimed.
Harriet Waldegrave, education research fellow at Policy Exchange, said low income working families would see their childcare costs halved by the new measure.
The delay until 2015 of the Government's new funding for childcare "helps no one", the head of the single parents charity Gingerbread has said.
Chief executive Fiona Weir said the charity was "very pleased" to see help for those on low and middle incomes, while urging more to go to those earning less, but attacked the timing.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg have met with families after pledging up to £1,200 a year in government support for children.
The Prime Minister described the funding as effectively "some tax relief on childcare".
"For many families the cost of childcare is not one issue among many, it is the issue - it really matters," Mr Cameron said.
Education Minister Liz Truss has promised that the Government will deliver proposed childcare plans "as fast as we can".
Speaking to Daybreak she said the Government will need until 2015 to get the new systems will be in place.
She added: "We spend £5 billion on childcare, at the moment not enough money is going through the frontline."
Millions of working families will be able to claim back up to £1,200 a year of their childcare costs, under Government plans announced today.
Speaking to Daybreak, mum Sarah Kelly said she welcomes the plans, as childcare prices continue to rise, whilst her salary remains the same.
It is believed that the new £1,200 scheme would allow the self employed to claim.