Ed Miliband has vowed to make adequate, cost effective childcare part of his "One Nation Labour" vision.
In a speech expected later today, the Labour leader will offer to extend the hours three and four-year-olds can spend on a free nursery place.
One Nation Labour would stand up for families and make work pay. We would extend free nursery places for three and four year-olds from 15 to 25 hours a week for parents at work.
And we would offer a legal guarantee to parents with kids at primary school that they can access breakfast clubs or homework clubs, allowing mums and dads to do a full days' work knowing their children are safe and cared for."
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