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Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced £13 million, which will allow 8 councils across the country to deliver 30 hours of free childcare for working parents of 3- and 4-year-olds – a year ahead of schedule.

Working parents in Wigan, Staffordshire, Swindon, Portsmouth, Northumberland, York, Newham and Hertfordshire will now benefit from the early offer from this September. Read the full announcement here

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  1. Sue Lehane on February 13, 2016
    The article on early implementer areas states each parent should work at least 16 hours a week. Should this state both parents should earn a total of 16 hours a week, as the childcare policy statement states 8 hours per week each?
    • 4Children Early Years Team Author on February 16, 2016
      The policy has now been updated so that both parents have to be in work for 16 hours per week per person at minimum wage. Originally the policy statment did mention 8 hours per week each, but this has now been changed to 16 hours per person.