Nurseries unlikely to extend free childcare hours
Working mums, do you rely on nursery care for your little ones? The Government plans to double the amount of free childcare from 15 hours to 30 hours per week. However, many nurseries will be unable to mirror this increase as they won’t be able to cover the extra cost.
The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) found that only 45% of nurseries said that they will be likely to extend the number of free hours on offer, with parents having to pay a higher rate for additional extra hours that their children spend at nursery. The Government says that the extra free hours will help to support families, but a lack of funding means that many nurseries will still only be able to provide 15 hours of free care per week.
On average a nursery has to make £34,000 a year, but with only a third of little ones attending nursery for more than 30 hours a week, it will become more difficult to make this profit under the new scheme.
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