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.

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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...


Campaigners lodge complaint against Government on 30 hours 'price fixing'

A campaign group of childcare providers have lodged a complaint with the competition watchdog about the Government’s underfunding of the free hours.


30 Hours, Part 4: Northumberland - Help out there

In the country’s least densely populated county, Northumberland, the council is using the 30 hours trial to find out how to cater for geographically isolated families....


Charge for extras to make 30 hours viable, Minister tells nurseries

Early years minister Caroline Dinenage has told private nursery owners that they must charge parents for additional services if their viability is threatened by...


'30 hours at risk of not living up to parents' expectations'

New research from the Family and Childcare Trust raises concerns over the availability and quality of childcare when the 30 hours starts in September.


‘Most jobless parents will work to get 30 hours’

More than half of unemployed parents would look for work in order to take advantage of the 30 free hours of childcare, according to Department for Education research....


Childminders feeling the heat over the 30-hour childcare offer

Childminders are worried that they will face more pressure to offer the extended entitlement because of a lack of capacity in nurseries.


More councils join 30-hour early implementer pilot

Four new local authority areas will be trialling the 30-hour childcare offer for working parents from April, ahead of the national rollout in September.


30 Hours, Part 3: Staffordshire - Reaching out

Pilot area Staffordshire is liaising with local employers to find parents eligible for the funded hours, reports Charlotte Goddard


More detail on £50m development pot for 30 hours

Just under 200 nurseries, pre-schools and schools in England will share £50m in Government funding to build, expand and refurbish premises ahead of the 30-hour offer....