Big Issue: 30-HOURS FREE CHILDCARE

From September 2017, working parents of three- and four-year-olds will be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare. Follow the progress of the Government's flagship policy as it develops.

Latest In Depth Articles

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Nursery owner's 30-hours petition reaches 5,000 signatures

A nursery owner has presented a petition to his local MP Nadhim Zahawi, calling for the Government to rethink funding plans for 30 hours childcare.

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DfE publishes 30 hours guide for early years providers and councils

The Department for Education has published operational guidance for 30-hour childcare.

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Call to replace 30 hours with means-tested system

The Government should scrap the 30 hours and expand the free entitlement for the ‘worst-off’, a new report recommends.

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Exclusive: NDNA urges 30 hours rethink in wake of survey

The National Day Nurseries Association is calling on the Government to rethink its flagship 30-hours policy after a fifth of respondents to its annual survey said...

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PACEY awarded £400k to support childminders to deliver 30 hours

A new project to support childminders considering offering the 30 hours free entitlement is to launch with DfE funding.

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DfE finds £50m more for 30 hours expansion

The early years sector is cautiously welcoming an extra £50 million cash injection for expanding nursery capacity and offering 30-hour places.

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More parents taking up pilot 30 hours than expected

The number of parents taking up the 30 hours under the early roll-out programme has exceeded Government expectation.

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Nurseries unwilling to commit to Government's 30-hour childcare scheme

Less than half of early years settings plan to offer the Government’s 30-hour offer, research from the Pre-school Learning Alliance suggests.

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Hundreds of settings closing doors as 30 hours looms

New figures suggest hundreds of childcare settings are closing across the country.

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DfE offers childminder start-up grants for 30 hours

Newly registered childminders and childminder agencies can apply for grants of up to £1,000, if they are planning to offer the Government’s funded 30-hour childcare...