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.
Further financial concern in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire County Council has issued a second Section 114 notice due to the ongoing financial crisis facing the authority.
A letter sent to councillors outlined the challenges facing the council, which include a potential budget shortfall in this current financial year of up to £70 million. The decision to issue a Section 114 notice was made in discussion with the government-appointed commissioners, who were appointed to the council in May having first issued a Section 114 notice in February.
Matthew Golby, council leader, said: “The financial challenge facing Northamptonshire County Council remains critical and the spending controls we have in place are vital to ensure we are focusing our limited funding on only the most essential services.
“At the meeting next month, we as a council will discuss a set of priorities built around delivering statutory services and services for the most vulnerable in our communities, and this means there will be difficult decisions that have to be made. We remain committed to doing everything we can to identify the savings required to reach a more stable financial position whilst ensuring those in our communities at risk of harm are protected.”