Child care

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on child care. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
08.09.2014Parental responsibility
This note provides information on acquiring parental responsibility, including for unmarried fathers, civil partners and step-parents.
07.08.2014Support for family and friends carers looking after children
This note provides information on support available to friends and family carers looking after children.
11.06.2014Tax Relief for Childcare
This note discusses the current, limited, tax relief given for employer-provided childcare, and the case that has been made for wider relief on these costs. Two other Library notes give an overview of Government policies on childcare since 1997: SN6382 (1997-2010) & SN6807 (2010-).
29.01.2014Government support for childcare and childcare reform under the Coalition Government
This note provides an overview of Government childcare policies since 2010.
29.01.2014Government support for childcare under the Labour Government 1997-2010
This note gives an overview of support for childcare under the Labour Government 1997-2010.

Research Papers

DateDescription
06.11.2014Childcare Payments Bill
This is a report of the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Childcare Payments Bill. The Bill would introduce a new tax-free childcare scheme to support eligible parents with childcare costs. Under the scheme, the Government would provide 20 per cent support on costs up to 10,000 per year for each child via an online account. The Government would top up any payments made into the account, capped at a maximum Government contribution of 2,000 a year for each child.
10.07.2014Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill will receive its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 16 July 2014.
26.06.2014Childcare Payments Bill
This Bill introduces a new Tax-free Childcare scheme to support eligible parents with childcare costs. Under the scheme, the Government would provide 20 per cent support on costs up to 10,000 per year for each child via an online account. The Government would top up any payments made into the account, capped at a maximum Government contribution of 2,000 a year for each child.
31.05.2013Children and Families Bill Committee Stage Report
The Children and Families Bill introduces a wide range of legislation concerning adoption and children in care, aspects of family justice law, special educational needs, the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England, child care, statutory rights to leave and pay for parents and adopters, time off work for ante-natal care, and the right to request flexible working. This paper complements Research Paper 13/11 prepared for the Commons Second Reading.
15.02.2013Children and Families Bill
The Children and Families Bill introduces a wide range of legislation concerning adoption and children in care, aspects of family justice law, special educational needs, the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England, child care, statutory rights to leave and pay for parents and adopters, time off work for ante-natal care, and the right to request flexible working. This paper has been prepared for the Second Reading of the Bill.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
26.01.2011Sure start children's centres.
Government response. Education Select Committee report [Commons]
15.03.2010Sure Start children's centres.
Children Schools and Families Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
28.02.2011SAVE OUR NURSERIES CAMPAIGN
That this House recognises that private, voluntary and independent (PVI) providers fulfil a vital role in the care and education of pre-school children; welcomes the work of the Save ...
22.10.2010CHILDREN IN FAMILY AND FRIENDS CARE
That this House notes that there is estimated to be a minimum of 10,000 children in kinship (family and friends) care in Scotland; recognises that three out of four of these families ...
18.10.2010NURSERY ON THE PARLIAMENTARY ESTATE
That this House welcomes the provision of an on-site nursery on the Parliamentary Estate but regrets the regressive decision of IPSA to remove the salary supplement for new hon. Members' ...
12.10.2010NEW HOUSE OF COMMONS NURSERY
That this House notes the decision taken by the House of Commons Commission on 14 December 2009 to convert the extremely popular and well-used Bellamy's Bar and the Astor Suite in Parliament ...
22.07.2010SURE START PALFREY CHILDREN'S CENTRE
That this House congratulates Sure Start Palfrey Children's Centre in Walsall South on achieving outstanding in its Ofsted inspection on 8 July 2010; notes that the centre is the first ...

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
28.06.2013Children and Families Bill (HL Bill 32 of 2013-14)
This Library Note provides information on the Children and Families Bill, which is due for second reading in the House of Lords on 2 July 2013. The Bill covers several areas, including: adoption and children in care; the family justice system; children and young people with special educational needs; the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England; rights to leave and pay for parents; the right to request flexible working; and early years education and child care.
22.10.2012Debate on 25 October: Looked-after Children
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate on looked-after children on 25 October.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses