Minister for Communities praises CAVC childcare

23 October 2015

Minister for Communities praises Cardiff and Vale College childcare provision

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, came to Cardiff and Vale College’s crèche this week to see its work in addressing deprivation and social mobility.

The Minister was joined by Vale of Glamorgan AM Jane Hutt. They were shown around the College’s Barry-based Childcare Centre and Nursery by Manager Debbie Baker, CAVC Principal & Chief Executive Mike James and Deputy Principal Mark Roberts.

The Minister got to meet the young children, from babies to toddlers, who use the nursery along with its staff. The College’s crèche offers affordable facilities for children of all ages who are cared for by experienced and qualified staff.

CAVC is committed to providing top quality but affordable childcare so that young parents are not blocked from earning an income. It is committed to enabling an increase in maternal employment in order to tackle poverty and inequality across the communities the College serves.

Lesley Griffiths said: “It was good to visit Cardiff and Vale College’s crèche, which is providing affordable high quality, childcare so parents can return to work.

Many parents say the biggest barrier to them from training or getting a job is the cost of childcare. We have listened to their concerns and this is why we recently launched our ambitious new £10.9m Parents, Childcare and Employment scheme, which will help 6,400 parents into work or training during the next three years by helping them with childcare costs whilst training.”  

CAVC Principal & Chief Executive Mike James said: “I am extremely pleased that both the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty and our local Assembly Member came to visit our crèche in Barry this week. The importance that decent, affordable childcare has in dealing with poverty and enabling people to get a hand up is extremely important.

“For that reason it was great for them to see how engaged the crèche staff were and to see the wonderful relationships they have with the kids. It’s something to me that is not just fantastic but also very humbling. We cannot overstress the key role childcare has in tackling poverty and facilities such as our crèche must be protected at all costs.”