It was play time for government minister Simon Hughes during a visit to a nursery in Leeds.
The Lib Dem justice minister was at the City and Holbeck Children’s Centre in Beeston to promote a scheme to provide less well-off parents with 15 hours of free childcare a week. From next week, about 40 per cent of two-year-olds will be eligible for free early education – up from 20 per cent last year.
Mr Hughes played with children and spoke to staff and parents during his visit.
To find out more about free early education and eligibility for the schem visit: www.gov.uk/free-early-education