National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has completed a survey and found that only 30% of nurseries are planning on taking part in the government ‘s early years policy to provide free childcare entitlement for three- and four-year-olds, as well as two-year-olds living with families in receipt of benefits.
This would be a big reduction from those stating last year that they would. The main reason given was concerns regarding funding.
NDNA chief executive Purnima Tanuku share her concerns stating that
"Private nurseries just don't feel confident that sufficient funding will be passed onto providers by local authorities to make it worthwhile for them to deliver the full 1,140 hours provision. This would drastically reduce childcare choices for parents”.