From today’s Sun (the newspaper with the largest number of Lib Dem voters amongst its readers):
NEW rules are to make it easier for working parents to use their 15 hours a week of free childcare.
Deputy PM Nick Clegg will this week announce the system is to be more flexible for mums and dads who start work early or finish late.
Under current rules, parents can only take their free nursery care between 8am and 6pm. But many people struggle to make this fit in with their shifts. The time limit will now be extended by two hours, letting parents use their free entitlement from 7am to 7pm.
Existing rules also mean the 15 hours must be spread over at least three days each week. This will be reduced to two days under the reforms.
Improved childcare and support for families most in need is a key part of Nick Clegg’s approach to social mobility, and this initiative follows the plan to recruit an extra 65,000 nursery workers.