Stephen Twigg, the shadow education secretary, has dismissed the government's move to help parents with childcare costs because the support only kicks in after the 2015 elections.
Parents will be disappointed that three years into this government they will not get any help with childcare costs for another two and a half years...
This announcement will not make up for the up to £1,500 that families on middle and low incomes have lost in cuts to childcare support – part of the £15 billion of cuts to support for children which will have been implemented before this announcement takes effect.
Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg, who is chairing the party's Childcare Commission, said it is "critical" families are supported with rising childcare costs.
He said: "Labour would help families with the cost of childcare. This is critical to ensure that work pays and that parents - particularly women - are able to go back to work if they want. That isn't just morally right, it's good for the economy too."
Mr Twigg continued: "We want to explore cooperative models, whereby local parents have a far bigger say in running their local nursery and get a share of the profits. Childcare centres are run successfully along these lines in Sweden and in some parts of the UK already.
"We want to see this model expand. Cooperative childcare can reduce costs to parents, provide more flexibility for those who work and can reach communities which don't have enough nurseries."
It is clear that pupils, parents and education professionals, across the spectrum of schools, feel that pupils have been done a disservice.
“Whilst the Education Secretary Michael Gove says he is ‘saddened’ by the injustice that has been served to thousands of pupils, he is showing how out-of-touch he is with pupil opinion by refusing to take action.
Labour supports calls for an independent inquiry to get to the bottom of this mess.
It is a "national scandal" that poorer pupils are lagging up to a year behind their richer classmates in their schooling, shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg is expected to warn later.
In a speech to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) annual conference in Manchester, Mr Twigg will say: "In other words, being a poor pupil in a poor classroom is the equivalent of being left a year behind. This is a national scandal.
"I know there are inequalities in our health system, but if poorer patients were left to linger on waiting lists for an extra year there would be a huge outcry."