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Bright Beginnings are pleased to announce the new government policy that will deliver 30 hours of free childcare to working parents with children aged 3-4.
Article published by Bright Beginnings Day Nursery, 29/02/16, edited by D. S. Stacey.
Sourced from gov.uk/government/news 02/0216.
Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced a £13 million investment, allowing councils across the country to deliver 30 hours of free childcare for hard working parents of 3- and 4-year-olds – a year ahead of schedule. With some parents able to benefit from the new policy as of this September 2016 in preparation for the full rollout come 2017.
Bright Beginnings Director Angie Ash: “We will be watching how this scheme works in the pilot areas over the next 12 month, so that we have a good understanding of the scheme and are able to help as many working parents as possible benefit from this opportunity!”
The policy comes on the back of last years’ 15 hour funding for 3- and 4-year-olds that served to benefit over 1 million children and their families. To capitalize on this success Department for Education pledged its’ commitment to working parents striving even further to remove barriers making childcare accessible as many parents as possible.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan stated: “For too long, rising childcare costs have been a barrier preventing parents and particularly mothers from working. That’s why I’m delighted that in just a few months’ time, we will see the first families benefiting from the government’s offer of 30 hours’ free childcare for working parents”
With Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah going on to say: “I know how important childcare is from my own personal experience, and I couldn’t be more determined to make sure we give children the best start in life, support parents to work, and as a result, allow our country to prosper.”