Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Government cuts hit the north hardest
New government figures on public spending have revealed that the north of England has seen the biggest cuts in spending over the past five years.
Despite the Treasury maintaining that each English region is funded fairly, the figures show that spending in the north has fallen by £696 million in real terms since 2012, while the south of England has seen an increase of £7 billion.
Moreover, BBC News claims that every region in the north of England has seen a real terms fall in government spending since 2012, while every other part of England has seen an increase. This is evident through large, expensive government projects, such as Crossrail in London.
Ahead of the upcoming Budget announcement, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell called on the government to end its austerity programme, and claimed that Labour would spend an extra £17 billion on public services each year.