Miliband makes childcare 'One Nation Labour' pledge

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."

– Labour leader Ed Miliband

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Miliband criticises childcare cost

Labour leader Ed Miliband has attacked the Government's failure to provide cheap childcare. He will claim the cost of a nursery price has risen by 30% since 2010 - almost five times faster than the average wage.