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Govt announce today a package of extra childcare support for families


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Newsflash from the Foundation Years Team;

 

The government has today announced a package of extra childcare support for families, including increasing tax-free childcare, introducing a £50m early years pupil premium and covering 85% of childcare costs for 300,000 of the most disadvantaged families.

 

For full details see the Foundation Years newsflash here

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Why is it I think that most of the money will go to schools and their nurseries instead of the rest of us!?

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Why is it I think that most of the money will go to schools and their nurseries instead of the rest of us!?

Sadly for me I can't see it - people paying for child care on top of the 15 hours seem to want more than school nurseries can offer. Sadly we're losing 1 session in Sept because we can't offer more tha 3 hours a day. :(

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Perhaps I have missed the point somewhere but don't we already have a compulsory deprivation supplement in the funding formula to support our most deprived children - I worry what sort of restrictions are going to be put on this early years pupil premium

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I'm not optimistic. The BBC commentator immediately said this is about 3 things i.e. a general election next year; appealing to female voters (apparently not many of us vote Conservative); and getting people back to work - sums it up in my opinion!

I also read that the money for disadvantaged families was to provide training, to support recruitment and pay for speech and language therapy - not to support settings in general.

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