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30 hours childcare launches today

The long awaited 30 hours 'free' childcare offer launches today (Friday 1 September) across England. Eligible working parents are able to claim up to 30 hours for their 3- and 4-year-olds.   

Since its creation, 30 hours has been a source of heated debate within the early years sector. Our latest survey results of registered childminders in England found a clear majority of childminders - 60 per cent - are planning to offer funded places of up to 30 hours per week, either in full, or in partnership with other providers. However, there is still apprehension within the sector, with many childminders feeling that they are only offering 30 hours 'under duress' and due to 'fears of losing business'. 

At PACEY, we are doing what we can to help keep childminding sustainable and increase recognition of the crucial role that childminders play. PACEY's free online resource Business Smart helps to support new and established childminders to run their businesses, and includes information to help childminders decide whether government-funded places can work for their setting. 

Read the full press release from the Department for Education and take a look at our full survey results

Want to know more about 30 hours? Check out our 30 hours spotlight and #30in30 videos for up to date information.