Michael Tomlinson, MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, today visited the Corfe Mullen Tops Day Nursery to mark National Apprenticeship Week and hear about plans to provide 30-hours free childcare to 3 and 4 year old children in Dorset from April.
Mr Tomlinson was shown around the nursery by Cheryl Hadland, founder of the Tops Day Nurseries chain. They discussed how the 30-hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds would support more parents in Dorset to find employment, as well as other issues of concern to nurseries in the area such as business and VAT rates and Government funding.
Mr Tomlinson also met a number of apprentices training at Corfe Mullen Tops Day, who told him about their experience of learning and working in a busy nursery chain.
Mr Tomlinson MP said:
“It was great to spend time at a brilliant nursery in Dorset and to meet the children and the fantastic apprentices that are caring for them. It was wonderful to see how the nursery is nurturing the children and helping to give them a great start in life.
“It is great news that 3 and 4 year old children in Dorset will soon be able to receive 30-hours free childcare, and I was delighted to discuss with Cheryl how it will make it easier for parents to find employment and make work pay.
“I understand that private nurseries are facing many challenges to survive, and I will be making representations in Parliament to help ensure that every child in Mid Dorset and North Poole is able to access a high quality early education.”
Cheryl Hadland, founder of Tops Day Nurseries, said:
“I was delighted to host Michael at our Corfe Mullen nursery and to show him the great work we do to provide our children with a rich learning environment.
“I was pleased to discuss with Michael the 30-hours free childcare policy that will begin in Dorset in April, as well as other issues private nurseries in the county are facing, such as big increases in business rates and decreases in Government funding.
“I am very grateful to Michael for raising these issues on our behalf in Parliament, and I look forward to working with him to ensure all young children in Dorset have the best possible life chances.”