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Children’s Minister visits Plumtree to discuss childcare rollout

Ruth Edwards MP brought Children’s Minister David Johnston to visit Children 1st in Plumtree.


They met teachers, staff and children at the nursery and discussed the rollout of government funded childcare.


As of April this year, parents of two-year-olds can receive 15 hours of government funded childcare a week. 

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The government is also helping childcare providers by increasing the number of staff and places, and encouraging the recruitment of childminders. 


An additional £400 million is being provided to uplift funding rates for childcare providers this year. 


Speaking after the visit with the Minister, Ruth said:

“It was great to meet the children and the excellent nursery team at Children 1st in Plumtree. I brought the Children’s Minister there, and we discussed the rollout of government-funded childcare amongst other things. 

“Parents of two-year-olds can now receive 15 hours a week, and this will be extended further from September.

“It is a sensible measure that will save families significant amounts of money and at the same time boost the economy by helping parents back to work.  If you are a parent of a child under-two, I urge you to check your eligibility for the September phase of the rollout and act now to secure your place.”


Parents can check their eligibility at: visit

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