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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Warning signs over 30-hour impact on poorer twos

The introduction of 30-hour childcare has led to ‘a possible trade-off’ between provision for disadvantaged two-year-olds and that for three- and four-year-olds,...


Call for high earners to be 'stripped' of the 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare

A new report proposes lowering the upper eligibility threshold for the 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) to boost support for families under universal credit....


Providers in Wales find £4.50 rate for 30 hours commercially viable

Nearly nine in ten providers offering the 30 hours in Wales agree that the rate is viable, according to findings from research into the early implementer phase of...


Education Secretary questioned in Parliament over our 30 hours investigation

A leading MP has called for the Government to better evaluate the impact of its policies after our investigation found that the 30 hours offer is penalising disadvantaged...


EXCLUSIVE In Focus: 30 hours: the hidden cost

What price are the most vulnerable children paying for the Government’s flagship childcare policy? Our FOI investigation reveals that nearly a fifth of councils...


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...


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