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It's not 'free', it's funded!

The Government needs to come clean to parents that 30 hours funding will force providers to charge for 'extra' services, says Neil Leitch, chief executive of Pre-school Learning Alliance

Count to ten...

Steve Taylor, owner of Winchcombe Farm Day Nursery in Warwickshire sets out 10 facts that parents need to know about 30 hours 'free' childcare

Editor’s view - At this rate!

Pressure is building for change as the continued underfunding of ‘free’ childcare takes an ever greater toll on the early years sector, says Liz Roberts

Counting the cost of early years funding shortfalls

As recent reports reveal ongoing problems with the underfunding of the 30 hours, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the biggest voluntary sector provider the Pre-school Learning Alliance, calls for Government action, as he explains why it has closed more than 20 settings

Quantity over quality

Government funding of the early years has risen over the past few decades, but could the money have been better spent?

Gathering evidence on the impact of policy

Decisions about childcare affect thousands of families on a daily basis. We know from a whole range of surveys that parents struggle with decisions about childcare for reasons of affordability, availability and quality.

Not too much to ask for

Neil Leitch says the delay in the early years funding consultation makes it impossible for the sector to prepare for the 30-hour offer

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