From 1 September the funding for free
childcare for disadvantaged 2-year-olds will double. This means
local authorities can fund childcare providers that are rated
‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted to deliver free early education
Funded places can be offered by nurseries,
children’s centres, some playgroups and childminders.
If you're a childminder in particular, we
understand that you may well be concerned about applying for
this funding because of the challenges of low fees that some local
authorities pay providers to deliver these places.
That’s why we’re doing everything we can to
address this issue with national and local Government. Did you
see our report from our recent survey
that we’re shouting about?
We want to give you all the information you
need if you decide to apply for funding. Check out our
guide packed full of useful resources and answering frequently
To highlight the extension, The Department of
Education advertising campaign is launching next week. There will
be a targeted marketing campaign to increase awareness. From
billboards to radio advertisements - you’ll see it popping up all
over the place, directing parents to www.gov.uk/freechildcare for
further information. If you know a family that would be interested
you can access the factsheets here.
It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with
the information and if you’d like to get involved and apply for
funding, contact your local authority and read more here.