30 hours free childcare

Last year the Government launched a childcare boost for working parents in the form of 30 hours free childcare for working parents. Editor Victoria Galligan looks at how the grant scheme has changed the childcare industry in the last 12 months.

In April 2017, nearly 18,000 places were offered by nurseries and other childcare providers, at a cost of £55million to the taxpayer. The aim was to get more parents – especially women – back into work after having children, and to encourage them to work longer hours without struggling to pay for childcare.