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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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

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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.

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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.

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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.