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.


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.


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....


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...


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.


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...


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...


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


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.


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.