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LGA - Response to family and childcare trust survey on holiday childcare costs

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People Board, responded to a new survey on holiday childcare costs by the Family and Childcare Trust 

“From September, working families will be eligible for 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds per week during term time, but some providers may choose to stretch this provision across the full year where there is demand and capacity to do so, which will help families of young children with holiday childcare costs. Councils are already working with families and providers to identify what families in their local areas need, and how providers can meet those needs.

“While reductions in government grants mean that councils find it increasingly difficult to provide their own affordable childcare schemes, they are working closely with local providers and the community to support families in need of holiday childcare. This includes working with schools to open their facilities, encouraging private and independent providers to offer more affordable schemes, and working with local businesses to encourage them to offer more flexible hours for mums and dads.”

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