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Helping families: childcare, early education and the work-life balance

Briefing note
Since Labour came to power in May 1997, there have been substantial increases in spending aimed at helping families with formal childcare, early education and the worklife balance. We look at the effects of these reforms and at the proposals of the parties in this area.

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Press release
A specially-designed online survey of over 4,000 parents in England between 29 April and 12 May shows that children from better-off households are spending 30% more time each day on educational activities than are children from the poorest fifth of households.
Newspaper article
"Doing a degree on average adds significantly to earnings over a lifetime", Paul Johnson writes. But still, "we do not have an education and training system that provides...routes into good employment for enough young people."