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Vince Cable visits Newquay to promote new childcare policy

Vince Cable has visited Newquay to promote his party's new childcare policy Credit: ITV West Country

The Business Secretary Vince Cable has been in Newquay today to promote his party's new policy on childcare. The Lib Dems say if they're part of the next Government, all two year olds will be eligible for fifteen hours of free childcare a week.

Fears over Government childcare proposals

New childcare proposals are under attack from both parents and one of the Government's own advisers. Parents are worried the plans could affect child safety, with staff expected to care for more children.

In the last few days one of the Government's key advisers, Professor Cathy Nutbrown, said its plans "make no sense at all." Parents and staff at a nursery in Ivybridge have been giving their reaction.


Mums talk about the cost of childcare

A new report says more than a third of parents have considered quitting work because of the struggle to meet child care costs.

According to the survey carried out by Mumsnet and the Daycare Trust, around one in eight people have actually left a job because of the costs of child care .

One in five have turned down a job offer because of the cost and over three quarters say they don't think the Government is doing enough to help parents with costs.

We've been to the Abbeywood Tots Day Nursery in Filton to see if the parents there agree with the findings.

Free childcare vouchers announced

Almost 1,000 two-year-olds in Cornwall are to benefit from free childcare a year early, after it was decided to bring forward trials in 10 areas of England to this September.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says 150,000 of the most disadvantaged two-year-olds will receive up to 15 hours a week of free pre-school education from September 2013, rising to 260,000 in 2014.