Government to spend £100 million on childcare places


A government fund to help to nurseries and similar organisations upgrade their facilities will be doubled to £100 million, the Department for Education has announced.

In January the Department for Education announced that £50 million which would be made available to organisations providing early years education, such as playgroups, daycare centres and nurseries, to upgrade their facilities in advance of the doubling of free childcare entitlement due to begin in September.

The Department received an unexpectedly high number of applications for the grants dispensing the funding and so made a decision to double the amount.  It claimed the resulting new facilities would create as many as 18,000 new places for children, thereby helping the government deliver the promised but controversial boost in free hours.

Early Years Minister Caroline Dinenage said:

“This investment will deliver more childcare places to working parents, giving them the benefits of 30 hours’ free childcare while giving their children high-quality early education that sets them up for life.”

Meanwhile, 13 childcare organisations working with disabled children and those with special needs will receive an additonal £5 million in funding to support staff.

Photo by Manchester City Library via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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