Cameron keeps his word on ‘sharp-elbowed’ middle-classes: Better-off parents face bill for ‘free’ childcare programme

Cameron keeps his word on ‘sharp-elbowed’ middle-classes: Better-off parents face bill for ‘free’ childcare programme

Sarah TeatherMiddle-class parents face being charged to use their local Sure Start centres amid claims they are hijacking resources meant for the disadvantaged.

Ministers are to write to councils urging them to charge for services they currently offer free such as play sessions for toddlers.

Children’s Minister Sarah Teather insisted the flagship childcare programme would remain open to all.
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