Government plans to extend the provision of free childcare to 30 hours for all children of working parents
The Childcare Bill, one of the Governments first announcements was laid before parliament in June. It states that a parent who works at least eight hours a week will be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare. The policy will be live from September 2017 with some demonstration projects from September 2016.
When the Government announced that it would be reviewing the funding of nursery places, we surveyed the views of our members on funding, the capacity of the sector to support additional nursery places and the implications for members.
The findings, collated from nearly 800 members, will form the basis for a report due to be shared with members in the autumn term. We will also share this with relevant stakeholders and used as basis for discussions with the DFE.
From initial feedback it is clear that there will be a noticeable impact on NAHT’s members who run school or private nurseries. With nursery funding for free places woefully inadequate and providers losing money on free places, it is clear that influencing the requests made to schools is imperative to the success of the changes.
Page Published: 01/09/2015