New Consultation on 30-hour Free Childcare Offer

As part of the Government's offer of 30 hours free childcare for working parents of 3-4 year olds, the Department for Education (DfE) are seeking out views from parents and professionals on how the offer will be delivered.

The consultation looks at how the entitlement will be delivered and how it will meet and be responsive to the needs of parents.

The Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) childcare campaign from 2014 found that there were several barriers for parents of disabled children to access childcare. The main findings were:

  • A quarter of parents said that the nursery or child-carer refused a place or excluded their child because of their disability or special education needs.
  • 30% did not think the childcare provider had adequately trained staff
  • 47% said their child needs, 1:1 care or other additional support which was not available or affordable

We are keen for organisations in the SEND sector to contribute to this consultation so that equal access to childcare for disabled children is taken into account.

As part of the consultation DfE are particularly interested in hearing opinions on particular subjects and areas including:

  • how places might be delivered more flexibly;
  • provision for children special education needs and disabilities;
  • the role and responsibilities of local authorities in securing places;
  • information about childcare for parents, and
  • the ‘grace period’ for parents

You have until the 6th June to contribute your views and ideas.