To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2017 to Question HL6597, on children: day care, how much additional funding will be provided to local authorities and childcare providers to enable them to deliver 30 hours of free childcare from September 2017; and what estimate she has made of the additional places for eligible children that will be created by that funding.
26 April 2017
We have committed over £1 billion more per year by 2019-20 to fund our commitments on the early years entitlements. This includes £300 million per year from 2017-18 for a significant increase to the hourly rate paid to local authorities for delivering the government-funded entitlements, including 30 hours of childcare from September 2017.
We will require that all local authorities pass 93% in 2017-18 then 95% from 2018-19 of 30 hours childcare funding to providers.
In addition to this, we are also investing £100 million of capital funding to create nearly 18,000 additional places for eligible children to help meet demand from working parents. This funding will support even more providers to deliver 30 hours.