When I went to France I learned that excellent nursery and home-based care is widely available. By contrast, most parents in the UK talk about how they have to "juggle" their work and childcare arrangements.
The government spends as much as the French on childcare, so this is about something else ...
French nursery workers are paid similarly to primary school teachers, but unlike our comparatively well-paid primary school teachers, nursery staff here earn £6.60 an hour – barely above the minimum wage.
More top news
Firefighters said 'floor to ceiling' hoarding have prevented them from gaining entry to the house, where a blaze erupted on Sunday.
Sir Bradley Wiggins will start his last race in the UK on Tuesday, as questions over Team Sky's use of steroids threatens to overshadow it.
It looks highly likely that Chris Grayling will formally announce their choice to have a third runway at Heathrow. But what will follow?