Commission into Affordable Childcare

In 2023, a new initiative launched in Hackney to look at local childcare offers, challenges, risks, and costs. It also looked at ways to maximise the support available for families in the borough.


Understanding the Commission into Affordable Childcare

The independent Commission into Affordable Childcare, chaired by June O’Sullivan MBE included:

  • parents
  • caregivers
  • childcare providers
  • local community members
  • council representatives

The Commission into Affordable Childcare worked independently. They advised us on building strong partnerships with local organisations (public, private, or non-profit) that focus on providing inclusive and sustainable childcare options. The initiative brought together parents and carers, childcare providers, and other members of the local communities, to look at local childcare including:

  • what’s available
  • challenges
  • risks
  • costs
  • ways to maximise the support available for families in the borough

To read more about the Commission launch, visit Hackney News – Launch of the Hackney Commission into Affordable Childcare.

Since its launch, the Commission has held many online engagement sessions with different childcare providers and parents. These sessions helped the Commission understand the main issues affecting both providers and childcare users. They also learned about specific challenges families faced based on their personal situations. Additionally, the Commission heard from our officers to learn more about how we support the sector.

Commission into Affordable Childcare report

The Hackney Commission into Affordable Childcare final report (PDF 2.9mb) identifies 29 recommendations under the following four areas:

We’re reviewing the recommendations and will provide a response to the recommendations later in the year.

Page updated on: 26 January 2024