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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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...

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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....

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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...

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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.

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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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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...

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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.

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30 hours: one year on

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

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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.

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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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