£50 million in new funding for childcare

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£50 million in new childcare funding has been announced by Education Secretary Justine Greening.

The newly unveiled money will be made available via grants to ‘early years’ care providers such as nurseries and pre-schools, for use upgrading their buildings and facilities in advance of the imminent increase in the amount of free childcare available to young parents, which will be rolled out later this year. Around 200 nurseries and similar organisations are expected to benefit from the grant programme.

In excess of £2 million will go to Oldham, Scarborough, Blackpool, Derby, West Somerset and Norwich, which have previously been identified as areas of low social mobility.

The Minister explained:

“We want Britain to be a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few. That means removing the barriers facing parents who are struggling to balance their jobs with the cost of childcare, and spreading the opportunities available to hardworking families across the country.”

The Tory MP for Putney continued:

“This funding, backed by our record £6bn investment in childcare per year by 2020, means we can make more free places available to more families across the country, helping us to deliver our childcare offer to thousands more children.”

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