It all looks great in principle but nursery groups are warning that supplying these places will prove problematic with the nursery care system ‘at tipping point’ .
Plans to double the amount of free childcare available to all working parents of three and four-year-olds will come into force a year earlier than planned, The proposals included in the Childcare Bill will launch pilots offering free places worth 30 hours a week from September 2016.
The last government brought in legislation that entitled all three and four-year olds in England to 570 hours of free childcare a year, equivalent to 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.
The current administration said up to 600,000 families would benefit from the doubling of childcare provision, saving up to £5,000 a year – including the £2,500 parents already save from existing free childcare offers.
To receive the additional childcare benefits, both or lone parents should be in work, but it is not yet clear how many hours they will have to work to qualify.
To read how these new rules impact on you and your business visit the CIPD website.