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Childcare partners - early learning and childcare expansion

Partner providers, including private nursery settings, playgroups and childminders (when in partnership), will be given support to introduce the additional funded hours. This will include an increase in the funding provided to them.

Our plan:

  • We are introducing the additional funded hours over two years, starting with a small number of spaces available at some of our school settings
  • Where demand is higher than what is available, eligibility criteria will be applied
  • We want to make the roll out work for both families and childcare settings, enhancing choice for parents in a manageable way
  • Continued partnership working is important. As more than one third of children use partner providers, we would like to make sure additional hours can continue to be used in a range of settings.
  • We will keep everyone informed through regular partner provider forums and electronic newsletters

As additional hours are introduced in your area, we will be in contact.

In the meantime, please email if you have any questions.