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.

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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.

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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.

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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....

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Nursery expansion projects for 30-hour childcare revealed

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

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Council rows back on top-slicing early years funding

Nursery owners in Surrey are challenging the local authority on how much early years funding should be held back for council costs.

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IFS unconvinced on impact of 30-hour free childcare

The Government’s plans to extend the free childcare offer for all three- and four-year-olds in England from 15 to 30 hours a week for children in working families...

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Childminders more upbeat than nurseries over funding

Despite some early years providers and sector organisations remaining concerned following the Department for Education’s publication of the new Early Years National...

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30 Hours, Part 2: Swindon - Flexible friends

Charlotte Goddard finds out how the 30-hour pilot in Swindon is being extended to offer flexible childcare to shift-workers

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Early years funding will not be reviewed annually

The level of funding for the 30-hour childcare offer will not be subject to an annual review by the Government, the House of Lords has revealed.

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Early years minister visits Swindon nursery trialling the 30 hours

Caroline Dinenage visited the Co-operative nursery in Swindon, the first in a series of visits to the area trialling the 30-hour childcare offer.