“Parent-led co-operative nurseries could be an alternative to conventional settings for families in poor areas, according to the New Economics Foundation, which is setting up a pilot project to look at how this childcare model works.”

The think tank has been inspired by the Grasshoppers in the Park nursery in east London, a not-for-profit limited company, set up 15 years ago as a parent-led childcare co-operative with the aim to offer families high-quality childcare at a lower cost than at a private nursery.

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