Free Childcare

Doubling Free Childcare - But at What Cost?

Nigel Denby | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Parents
Nigel Denby

The Government has costed the doubling of free childcare from 15 hours to 30 hours a week for three- and four-year-olds at £350 million a year. Meanwhile, experts within the sector suggest the real costs to Childcare providers at more like at £1.5billion a year- so who's right?

Armies of Parents Eager to Take All 30 Free Childcare Hours - but Could Nurseries Struggle to Get the Staff?

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Parents
Purnima Tanuku

I'm sorry to say we're seeing situations in which lower-grade employees, who always wanted to work in childcare and picked it as their career of choice, are leaving because they can earn more at a supermarket, offering family-friendly hours and less pressure.

More Free Hours' Childcare Will Be a Worse Deal for UK Parents, Not Better, Unless Nurseries' Funding Rises

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Purnima Tanuku

The major political parties are promising dramatic increases in free nursery provision. The Conservatives have raised their pledge to 30 free hours, more than Labour's 25 and the Liberal Democrats' 20 - all way more than the current 15 hours per week... This could be great news for parents - but only if the numbers add up.

'Free Childcare Will Leave Us Out Of Pocket', Fear Nurseries

PA | Posted 31.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Nurseries fear they will not receive the necessary funding to cope with a flagship Government plan to extend free childcare to two-year-olds. The m...

Free Childcare Set To Rise For Poorer Families

PA | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Up to 140,000 two-year-olds from poor homes could benefit from plans to extend free nursery education, ministers have claimed. The Go...