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Working to parents benefit from more free extra childcare

Working parents in Wigan will get extra childcare from September Credit: PA

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.

Education Minister Nicky Morgan Credit: PA

For too long, rising childcare costs have been a barrier preventing parents and particularly mothers from working. That’s why I’m delighted that in just a few months’ time, we will see the first families benefitting from the government’s offer of 30 hours’ free childcare for working parents.

We have made a commitment to help working people, and through this extended offer we will help thousands more parents who want to return to work to do so.”

– Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan
Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah with PM Credit: PA

“I know how important childcare is from my own personal experience, and I couldn’t be more determined to make sure we give children the best start in life, support parents to work, and as a result, allow our country to prosper.

“I’m pleased that we are investing in childcare, and I’m looking forward to seeing how working parents benefit from 30 hours free childcare, before we roll the offer out to the rest of the country.”

– Childcare Minister, Sam Gyimah

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.