Sunday, May 19, 2024

Government ‘considering plans to send childcare cash to parents’

PRIME Minister, Liz Truss is said to be considering a shake-up of the childcare subsidy system whereby parents, rather than nurseries, would be given government cash to spend as they see fit reports The Guardian.

At present, all three and four-year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours’ free childcare a week during term time, while some families can claim up to double that amount.

The funding for each place is currently sent straight to approved providers, such as nurseries or childminders.

However the prime minister and her education secretary, Kit Malthouse, are reportedly weighing up proposals to pay the money directly to parents to invest as they wish.

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