‘Free’ childcare offer will lead to more nursery closures, finds research

Nearly a quarter of childcare providers predict they could close next year due to insurmountable financial pressures resulting from delivering the government’s 30 hours ‘free’ childcare offer, new research shows.

“Cherished” childcare providers are closing because of the financial burden of “free” childcare, campaigners claim. 

A survey carried out by campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed among 266 childcare providers found 92 per cent said the 30-hour offer, introduced in September 2017 to three- and four-year-olds of working parents, was causing them financial challenges.

Read the full article on this link to Children & Young People Now

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