The state must stop it's so-called 'nannying' of British parents and ditch free care, the Institute of Economic Affairs publication says.Read the full story ›
Some staff have even left their jobs because they cannot afford childcare, a business group has said.Read the full story ›
Child care providers have said they may have to close because of the government's plan to introduce 30 hours of free nursery provision.Read the full story ›
Over half of childcare providers expect the government's plan to have a negative financial impact on their business, a survey has revealed.Read the full story ›
Financial worries, lack of awareness and an unwillingness by women to share their maternity leave seen as reasons for limited uptake.Read the full story ›
Social Mobility and Child Poverty research shows half of first time mothers do not know what Childcare is available to them.Read the full story ›
The Prime Minister has admitted it will "take time" to get the new childcare plans right.
Speaking on This Morning, David Cameron said: "It's going to take time to get this right because obviously we need an expansion of the childcare sector, we need more nurseries, more of these places to open so we're working with them to expand."
He added: "We need them to expand so we're going to start talking to them immediately about what's the best way of making sure that they're being properly paid for, the childcare that they provide, so that we can expand the number of places."
The government grant to childcare providers for the existing 15 hours a week of free childcare is already "grossly underfunded", the Pre-School Learning Alliance has said.
Research for the charity suggests the government's plan to double this childcare would cost around £195bn a year, but funding at current rates amounts to £1.7bn - a potential shortfall of £250m.
Chief executive Neil Leitch said: "Simply raising funding rates by an arbitrary amount won't be enough - it is absolutely crucial that the Government ensures that the hourly rate of funding actually covers the cost of delivering funded places. Anything less risks destabilising a childcare system that is already struggling to stay afloat."
He warned an increasing number of providers may withdraw from the free childcare system if more money is not made available.
Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Mr Leitch added: "There are many nurseries that can't physically extend their number of hours. They may operate in a church hall or community centre. Nobody has considered whether in fact they will be able to offer the 30 hours."
Plans to double the free childcare for working parents in England have been brought forward by a year.Read the full story ›