I want city to lead on child care
LABOUR mayoral candidate Marvin Rees says he aims to make Bristol the best city in Britain for childcare.
He said he wants to give women a chance to return to work but are currently unable to do so because they cannot find child care at the right times or are unable to afford the rising costs.
If elected, he said he would set up a citywide register of childcarers so standards could be monitored and improved.
He said: "I intend to put families first in this election and I will make Bristol the UK's leading city in childcare within my first term as mayor.
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"Many women including single parents are barred from work due to the lack of availability of childcare at the right time to provide the flexibility many need to balance working lives with commitment to their families whilst others are priced out of the job market by the cost of childcare.
"Enabling many women to return to work by increasing the supply of childcare and improving affordability will be a priority."
Mr Rees said he would also work with employers to provide nurseries or other care for children of employees.
He said: "Good employers recognise they are benefitting from the skills of their workforce and want to assist in removing the stress of childcare. Their employees' children are also the workforce of tomorrow."