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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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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


Hundreds of settings closing doors as 30 hours looms

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


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...