The DfE has published updated guidance for providers delivering 30 funded hours. But it is still not allowing nurseries to make mandatory charges to parents.
Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “We are disappointed that despite our campaigning to raise this issue, the DfE has not really changed its stance on additional charges.
“For many of our members, the only way they can make the 30 funded hours work is by charging parents for meals and other additional services. This is due to inadequate hourly funding rates that our nurseries get for their three and four-year-old children.
“Although the guidance now states that parents can expect to pay for meals and other consumables, nurseries must offer alternatives for parents who want a low cost option. This includes allowing them to bring in packed lunches.
“This means these charges would still be voluntary, which is not conducive to running a business.
“Many settings will not allow packed lunches for a variety of good reasons, so this guidance is just not helpful and provides no flexibility nurseries need to make 30 hours work.”