On Monday I had the pleasure of visiting Ganneys Meadow Early Years Centre which is based in the Woodchurch area of Wirral.

The visit was part of my 25 hours tour: 25 stops across the country to understand the importance of Labour’s commitment to increase free childcare for three and four year olds with working parents from 15 to 25 hours per week. Ganneys Meadow is stop number 16. I have been speaking to early year’s professionals in various parts of the country to understand the challenges parents and families face, and those who work with them to give every child the very best start in life.

I was accompanied on my visit by Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary candidate for Wirral West Margaret Greenwood and we were given a tour by the Head Teacher and the Family Services Manager of the excellent facilities provided by the centre on site. It’s good to know we have such expertise, right here on the Wirral.

Teachers who work with children during their earliest years are incredibly knowledgeable about how children learn and develop during those crucial first years, be it in the development of speech, physical skills or gaining confidence to do things for themselves. And we know that early education can make a significant difference once children get to school.

We will fund our 25 hours pledge by increasing the bank levy. This increase in tax that large banks pay will help families up and down the country. It will benefit nearly half a million three and four year olds and their families and help parents overcome the barriers to getting back to work or working more hours.

Child care costs are soaring under the current government. We will only succeed as a country if Britain’s families also succeed. This is why I am passionate about helping parents with child care costs through our 25 hours pledge, and will keep fighting to make Wirral a better place to grow up.

 By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

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