Government ‘ignoring’ free childcare concerns

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The head of a major nursery organisation has criticised Chancellor Philip Hammond for failing to mention concerns over government funding in yesterday’s budget.

From September the parents of young children will become entitled to 30 hours of free childcare per week, but many ‘early years’ providers claim the funding on offer from the government will not cover their costs.

Neil Leitch, head of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, says he was disappointed by Hammond’s failure to address the continuing controversy in his budget statement.

“With just six months to go until the rollout of the 30-hour so-called ‘free childcare’ offer, the government simply cannot continue to ignore the very valid concerns about the viability of the scheme that have been raised.”

The increasing number of childcare providers who plan to limit their number of places they offer – or drop out of the scheme altogether – could leave many parents “disappointed” Mr Leitch warned.

Meanwhile the chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association said failure to address the issue “does not fit with his comments that central to this government’s values is that every child should have the opportunity to fulfil his or her potential.”

Photo of Philip Hammond courtesy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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