DfE releases £13 million early to fund 30 hours’ of free childcare
February 26, 2016
Sam Gyimah, Childcare Minister, recently announced the eight councils chosen following an open competition who will share £13m to allow them to offer the promised 30 hours of free childcare a year ahead of schedule. Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds in Wigan, Staffordshire, Swindon, Portsmouth, Northumberland, York, Newham and Hertfordshire will benefit from September this year.
In addition to these eight a further 25 ‘early innovator’ councils which will be looking at ways to ensure that this childcare offer is accessible to as many parents as possible, including those with children who have Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). These experiences will be used to support the full rollout in 2017.