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‘This won’t stop nurseries going bust’ – mothers and staff react to extra childcare support

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In his spring budget the chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, announced “landmark” plans to extend free childcare in England to infants aged one and two as part of a drive to boost the workforce.In a £4bn policy move, Hunt said the government would offer 30 hours of free childcare for every child from the age of nine months, where all adults in the household work at least 16 hours.

He says this will reduce childcare costs for a family by nearly 60%.However, the changes will take time to implement, Hunt said, adding that such a large reform must be introduced in stages to ensure there is “enough supply in the market”.

As a result, working parents of two-year-olds will get 15 hours of free childcare from April 2024, extended to 30 hours by 2025.

Here, nursery providers and mothers react.For us, the news is disappointing. We woke up thinking we would get the support this year so the timing of how long it will take to implement is off.

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