Working parents in Wigan will receive double the current amount of free childcare for three- and four-year-olds this September. Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced £13 million for certain councils to deliver 30 hours of free childcare for working parents of three- and four-year-olds – a year ahead of schedule.
The extra hours of childcare will make it easier for these parents to work and is part of the Government’s commitment to 'make work pay.'
The government will also be looking at the issues that make it difficult for parents with particular challenges to access childcare, including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
It is expected to be fully rolled out in 2017, with the aim of removing barriers to parents taking up their entitlement.
All three- and four-year-olds are already entitled to 15 hours of free childcare a week, and this is also extended to the most disadvantaged two-year-olds. Last year, more than 1 million three- and four-year-olds, and 157,000 two-year-olds benefited from this offer.