This Government is committed to supporting families at every stage of their lives – ensuring parents have access to high quality, affordable childcare is a priority.
In our 2015 manifesto we committed to doubling the amount of free childcare for working parents to 30 hours a week – the biggest ever investment in free childcare.
And in just a few months’ time, a year ahead of schedule, thousands of families will begin to benefit from this commitment, with £13 million going directly to eight local councils across the country.
These councils will be supported by 25 Early Innovators nationwide, which will look at how the offer works in specific circumstances, including for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and address a number of potential difficulties.
Hundreds of families from Hertfordshire, Newham, Northumberland, Portsmouth, Staffordshire, Swindon, Wigan or York, from September this year you will start receive 30 hours of free childcare a week.
By doubling free childcare, we are continuing to deliver on the commitments we made to the British people - to support working people and to deliver security for working families.
Investing in childcare, by the numbers:
- More than £1 billion extra per year by 2019-20 to fund the extension of the free childcare entitlement.
- From 2017, this investment will fund 30 hours of free childcare for working families with 3 and 4 year olds, and support £10,000 of childcare costs tax-free.
- To make this affordable, it will be available to parents working more than 16 hours a week and with incomes of less than £100,000.
- The Department for Education will also be piloting a new contract with councils, and consulting on a fairer funding formula for the early years, to help ensure that local authorities are passing the money on to providers, and that providers are given a fair rate.