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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30 hours take-up exceeds forecast in York, study shows

Over 200 more places than anticipated were taken up by parents in the city-wide pilot of the 30 hours in York, according to an evaluation report.


Analysis: 30 hours pilot study predicts success but flags up 'risks'

Following the publication of the evaluation of the 30-hour pilots, we take an in-depth look at the findings.


30 Hours, Part 9: Tower Hamlets - Reaching out

Tower Hamlets, which has extremely high levels of deprivation, has one of the highest Government hourly rates for 30 hours. How is the area spending it? Joanne Parkes...


Updated 30 hours guide sets out expectation that parents pay for meals

The Department for Education’s updated operational guidance now says that parents taking up the 30 hours can 'expect to' pay for meals, consumables and activities...


30 Hours: Management - A tangled web

What do childcare providers need to know when it comes to helping parents with the 30-hours computer application system? Hannah Crown tries to plug the gaps


SNP manifesto: party commits to introduction of 30 hours

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has reiterated its pledge to introduce the 30 hours for all three- and four-year-olds and vulnerable two-year-olds.


Childminders’ 30 hours funding gap

Childminders will lose an average of £410.40 per child a year under the 30 hours due to a shortfall in funding, a survey has revealed.


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.


DfE publishes 30 hours guide for early years providers and councils

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


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.