Families will benefit from a £55 million boost to childcare schemes, the government has announced.
Early Years Minister Caroline Dinenage has announced that thousands of new childcare places for working parents are being created thanks to a multi-million grant scheme.
The £50 million capital grants double the government’s investment to help nurseries, pre-schools and playgroups invest in new buildings and upgrade facilities. This will deliver more than 9,000 additional childcare places, helping to meet the government’s commitment to give working families 30 hours free childcare from September.
The money builds on the £50 million funding announced in January, doubling the total spend to £100 million and altogether providing nearly 18,000 extra childcare places.
Alongside this, nearly £5 million will go to organisations that are helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds or with additional needs to access high-quality early education, so that every child can reach their full potential, regardless of their background.
Speaking about the announcement, Dinenage said, “In my visits around the country I have heard from families whose lives have been improved by access to 30 hours.”
“As part of our Plan for Britain we want to make this a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few, so that means removing the barriers facing parents struggling to balance their jobs with the cost of childcare.”
“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.”
“This is backed by our record £6 billion investment in childcare per year by 2020.”
The new funding is part of the government’s Plan for Britain, which is working to create a society where success is defined by work and talent, not birth or circumstance. Supporting parents with the cost and availability of quality childcare to enable them to work if they choose to is an important part of this ambition.