The Welsh Liberal Democrats have announced that Wales would receive an extra £464m a year on average as a result of the party’s commitment to universal childcare in England. This would lead to an additional £2.3bn for Wales over five years.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats would urge the Welsh Government to spend this £464m on replicating this same free, high quality childcare offer in Wales.
The Welsh Lib Dem plan would deliver free, high-quality childcare for every child aged two to four and children aged between nine and 24 months where their parents are in work for 35 hours a week of childcare for 48 weeks a year.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:
The Welsh Liberal Democrats want to build a brighter future for Wales with a fairer economy and opportunities for all. Our plan for a transformational investment in childcare is a key part of this ambition.
Our childcare plans would provide almost £500m more for Wales to spend on providing free, high-quality universal childcare from nine months to four-years-old.
For too many people across Wales the cost of childcare makes returning to work almost impossible, hurting our economy.
Our plan will bridge the gap between paid parental leave and the start of free childcare provision. This will give parents more choice about when they return to work and unlock their untapped potential for our economy.