In 2014 a parliamentary inquiry into childcare for disabled children revealed that disabled children were being denied equal access to educational and social opportunities.
It found that:
- 41% of families with disabled children aged three and four are unable to access the full 15 hours free entitlement to childcare and early years education, because there’s nothing suitable available
- 86% of parent carers who responded to the Inquiry reported paying above average childcare costs, with 38% paying £11-20 and 5% paying over £20.
- 72% of families with disabled children have cut back or given up work because of childcare problems
The inquiry has called on the Government to develop an action plan to meet the needs of families with disabled children for affordable and quality childcare, and urged all parties to recognise that disabled children cannot be an afterthought in the childcare system.