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.
Over £100,000 has been announced by the Welsh government to strengthen the country’s childcare sector and support the delivery of the 30 hours of free early education and childcare.
Economy Secretary Ken Skates said that the additional money will be used to increase the number of childcare places across the seven local authorities chosen to pilot the new childcare offer from September 2017.
The funding will also help childcare businesses better manage their finances and ensure they are able to access more targeted support and advice from the Welsh Government’s business support service, Business Wales - who will begin offering proactive support to childcare sector businesses later this Autumn.
Skates said: “Developing a flexible childcare offer is a top priority for the Welsh Government, and one vital element of the challenge is ensuring the necessary childcare places are available to families right across the country.
“The additional funding I am announcing today will help to secure up to an additional 450 child care places across Wales over the next two years. It will also be used to improve the business support available to the sector including child minders and to help businesses improve how they manage their finances and grow sustainably. Ultimately it will be used to strengthen and develop the resilience of Wales’ childcare sector so it is well placed to deliver the flexible childcare offer that we know families right across Wales want and need.”
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