Re your comparison of childcare costs (Report, 12 September), unlike the UK, Nordic states do not provide “childcare” by low-paid workers – a service that parents are expected to buy from private businesses. They provide education for young children in services staffed by relatively well-paid educators; support for parents is taken for granted through longer opening hours and well-paid leave – the result of a generous welfare state funded by progressive taxation.
Emeritus professor Peter Moss
University College London

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