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I wholeheartedly agree with the Daycare Trust report, Who will care? (News, 4 October). Childcare workers in day nurseries work the longest hours, for comparatively little pay. It is time we were all brought into line and paid a living wage, or there will be a staff crisis in the sector. Surely if the Government is so keen for the expansion of the early years sector and to give more parents access to childcare, ministers must realise that the sector needs a stronger infrastructure in the form of tax benefits, grants and/or direct support from the Government. After all, we are educating and moulding the most precious resource this country has - the next generation.

I wholeheartedly agree with the Daycare Trust report, Who will care? (News, 4 October). Childcare workers in day nurseries work the longest hours, for comparatively little pay. It is time we were all brought into line and paid a living wage, or there will be a staff crisis in the sector.

Surely if the Government is so keen for the expansion of the early years sector and to give more parents access to childcare, ministers must realise that the sector needs a stronger infrastructure in the form of tax benefits, grants and/or direct support from the Government. After all, we are educating and moulding the most precious resource this country has - the next generation.

Anne Gilpin, London

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