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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Nadhim Zahawi promises 'deep dive' into nursery costs

The children’s minister has sought to reassure MPs that the Department for Education is looking into the costs of the 30-hour offer, while denying nursery closures...


Labour unveils 'radical' plans on childcare funding and workforce

A Labour Government would increase provider funding to £7.35 an hour for free hours, introduce a national pay scale, and move towards a graduate-led workforce....


Alliance blames lack of Government funding for closing fifth of settings

The Pre-school Learning Alliance has closed 23 nurseries since January, as a direct result of the longstanding Government under-funding of 15- and 30-hour childcare...


Nursery closures rise 66 per cent since 30 hours began

Nursery closures have increased by two-thirds since the 30 hours funded childcare was introduced a year ago, reveals new research.


DfE 30 hours report lays bare the challenges for providers

The Government-commissioned evaluation of the first year of the 30 hours programme shows the impact the policy is having on childcare settings, local authorities...


More councils bow to pressure on ‘free’ 30-hour childcare

Councils around the country are ditching the word ‘free’ to describe the 30 hours childcare offer in favour of ‘funded’ following sustained lobbying from early years...


Parents oppose 30 hour ‘extras’ charges

Parents are increasingly unwilling to pay additional costs to take up the 30 hours offer, Nursery World has learned.


30 hours: one year on

PACEY survey reveals LAs making requirements of settings contrary to Government guidance


Disadvantage gap will take 'more than 100 years' to close

Children must be given equal access to high quality early years provision to tackle educational inequality, a leading think-tank has said.


Zahawi dismisses funding concerns about 'successful' 30 hours

Children’s minister Nadhim Zahawi restates 30 hours' 'success story' to MPs in Parliament.


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