Funded places have dominated nursery sector media throughout 2016 and 2017 with the changes to entitlement across England, Scotland and Wales. View our guidance below to ensure you are in-the-know.
Free early learning is good for children and supports parents. It should be free to the family and free to the early years provider.
At the moment most nurseries are subsidising free places for two, three and four-year-olds, because the funding they get doesn’t cover their costs. This pushes up the cost of the extra hours parents pay for as nurseries have to balance their books.
NDNA is clear – free places should be free to the parent and free to the nursery.