Government ‘considering plans to send childcare cash to parents’
Education / Sat 8th Oct 2022 at 06:13am
PRIME Minister, Liz Truss is said to be considering a shake-up of the childcare subsidy system whereby parents, rather than nurseries, would be given government cash to spend as they see fit reports The Guardian.
At present, all three and four-year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours’ free childcare a week during term time, while some families can claim up to double that amount.
The funding for each place is currently sent straight to approved providers, such as nurseries or childminders.
However the prime minister and her education secretary, Kit Malthouse, are reportedly weighing up proposals to pay the money directly to parents to invest as they wish.
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One unintended consequence, nurseries are difficult enough to run, but the added insecurity of not being able to rely on the direct grant might , at a time of rapidly rising costs, might be the closure of nurseries.
Very bad idea, while the majority may act responsible with the cash some will spend it on other things
Excellent now do this for schools also - It will soon address the cluster which is state education