Justine Greening outlines £50m nurseries funding boost
The Government has announced the allocation of £50m funding to help deliver its pledge to double the hours of free childcare for three- and four-year-olds.
Education Secretary Justine Greening said the money would create almost 9,000 free places, with 200 nurseries to receive funding for new buildings or other upgrades.
The Conservative 2015 manifesto promised to increase free childcare available to families with two parents working from 15 to 30 hours per week.
The pledge is due to be rolled out in September despite numerous warnings about the financial impact of the scheme on many providers.
Ms Greening said the policy could save some families almost £5,000 a year.
“We want Britain to be a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few,” she said.
“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 hard-working families across the country.
“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.”
Of the £50m package today, £2m will go to six areas – Blackpool, Derby, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, and west Somerset – that have been identified by the Government as social mobility “coldspots”.