More children accessing 30 hours than before 

The Department for Education (DfE) have published the statistics for 30 hours take-up during the autumn term. 
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Figures have shown that the uptake of the Government childcare initiative is increasing. 95% of all codes issued for the autumn term were validated. This number is up on the previous year.  

Jonathan Broadbery, NDNA’s Head of Policy and External Relations, said: “Looking at the growth in take up figures of the 30 hours childcare for three and four year olds, it’s clear that more parents are now aware of the offer and how to access it.

“Due to this increased demand, private, voluntary and independent (PVI) nurseries are delivering a growing proportion of these places for both three and four year olds. These nurseries offer excellent, high quality childcare and early learning, with 95% judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted.

“This growth is also putting very real financial pressures on nurseries as the funding for places doesn’t meet their costs. This puts stress on the availability of funded places for eligible two-year-olds and more nurseries are forced to close.

“This policy isn’t free for parents or providers and continues to work against the Government’s aims of supporting businesses and closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers.”

Read the full report here