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.
Essex County Council has created over 2,500 new school places ahead of the new academic year following £74 million of expansion projects.
The secondary school expansion projects include 300 additional places at The Philip Morant School in Colchester, 270 extra places at The Stanway School and 145 new places at Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport.
At primary level, 210 new places have been created at Ghyllgrove Primary School in Basildon, Hogarth Primary School in Brentwood, Northwick Park Academy on Canvey Island, St John's Green Primary School in Colchester, St Andrew's Primary School in North Weald, White Bridge Primary School in Loughton and Kingsmoor Academy in Harlow.
The schemes will allow all of the schools to admit their first intake of additional pupils from the start of term in September.
Ray Gooding, cabinet member for Education, said: “Essex is growing fast and I am delighted a number of the county’s schools will be able to take extra pupils this academic year to help meet the rising demand for places.
“Our continued investment in new school places such as these meant we were able to offer a record percentage of pupils a place at their parents’ preferred primary and secondary schools for this September. We recognise that more places are still needed over the coming years and are planning to spend about £230 million on creating new mainstream school places across Essex over the next three years.”