Childcare proposals such as the Lib Dems' announcement this week are not close enough to a vision of free, universal childcare that parents need.
Although politicians are focusing on childcare, British parents are still expected to pay a higher price than in much of the rest of the developed world. We need better-quality investment.
We should be celebrating, not berating, the role parents play in the workforce and in society.
Parents are struggling to cope with a triple whammy of rising nursery costs, plummeting childcare places and cuts to support. Labour is offering an alternative.
The party needs to show how new 'guarantees' will be delivered. If not, the Tories, with their offer of more money in parents’ pockets, could win the all-important female vote.
The changes announced today by Liz Truss are unlikely to significantly reduce costs, boost quality or widen access to early years provision.
High-quality childcare should be seen by government as an issue for business and a key infrastructure priority. But ministers have nothing to say on the subject.
The party will table a Commons vote to enshrine the current ratios in law after confusion over the government's position.
The Deputy PM says it is "flatly wrong" to say he approved the changes and that the coalition only agreed to a consultation.