Tens of thousands of young children attending nurseries could miss out on 30 free hours a week of childcare, industry leaders have said.
It calculates that this means that around 51,000 eligible children will not be able to access a nursery place for the full 30 free hours.
This is based on a Government estimate that around 390,000 youngsters will qualify for the offer, and that 60 per cent of childcare places are provided by private, voluntary and independent nurseries. Other places are offered by providers such as playschemes.
Under the Government’s plans, from this autumn, all three and four-year-olds in England will be entitled to 30 free hours of childcare a week, up from the current 15 hours.
But industry leaders have raised concerns that nurseries and childminders will not get enough public funding to cover the costs of providing these places.