Majority of Nurseries 'Unlikely' to Offer Places to Meet 30 Hours Demand - but Government Still has Time to Change Their Minds
According to Department for Education figures, the private, voluntary and independent sector currently delivers funded places for 674,000 two, three and four-year-olds in England, providing 64% of three and four-year-olds with their free place.
My job is to represent the armies of talented and hard-working people who care for and educate very young children in the UK. It could look like a warm and cuddly arena more concerned with sand pits and nap times than spreadsheets and bottom lines.
The Real Reason why British Childcare Costs Have Risen by 33% for Children Under Two During This Government
The average hourly rate received by nurseries is £3.80 per child per hour, though this varies between local authority areas. That doesn't cover the cost of providing the high-quality care that's expected of them - and it hasn't done for years.