Supporting families and young people

I spent a good chunk of my career before entering Parliament working with children and young people. I was incredibly proud to serve as Children’s Minister at the Department for Education, where I launched the largest ever expansion of childcare provision, worth £6,500 a year for the average family.

Locally, Surrey is experiencing unprecedented demand for SEND provision and education, health and care plans (EHCPs). When I was at the Department for Education, I took forward reforms to fix some of the most common problems families of children with SEND face, including by cutting down the mountains of paperwork and introducing digital EHCPs. I regularly take up cases on behalf of SEND parents in my surgeries and raise their concerns with Surrey County Council directly.

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Rolling out free childcare for 2 year olds

When I was at the Department for Education, I worked very hard to launch the biggest expansion of childcare ever - saving families in East Surrey and across England an average of up to £6,500 a year.

Claire takes questions at Moor House School & College

I recently had the privilege of visiting Moor House School & College in Oxted. They’re a specialist school and college for children and young people with speech and language disorders, and I was given a tour of their facilities by some of their brilliant pupils.

Discussing all things FE with Surrey college heads

On Friday I met Christine Ricketts of Brooklands College, Julie Kapsalis of NESCOT and Lindsay Pamphilon of East Surrey College with Cllr Richard Biggs, who has just been elected as Leader of Reigate and Banstead Borough Council.