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Everyone knows that pre-school child care is good for children and for the economy. Patricia Morgan asks for some evidence and argues that only the most expensive care can match a parent

By Patricia Morgan   October 1996

In the last ten years, child care has become the wonderbag remedy of the western world. To politicians of all stripes in Britain, it holds the key to economic success and social justice: the question is not whether, but how, to subsidise it.

The group Employers for Childcare wants a minister responsible for co-ordinating a national strategy. According to a study by Bronwen Cohen and Neil Fraser for the Institute for Public Policy Research, this will galvanise the economy by flooding it with eager skilled labour and allowing it to run “at a higher level” in one continuous boom time.…

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