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More than half of parents eligible to receive 30 hours' free childcare have now applied.

More than half of parents eligible to receive 30 hours' free childcare have now applied.

More than half of parents eligible to receive 30 hours' free childcare a week have now applied to take part in the scheme, the government says.

From 1 September most parents in England are entitled to the free care for children aged three to four.

However, education charities warned the scheme will cause "chaos" as it is underfunded and some nurseries may be forced to close.

The government says families could save £5,000 per year on childcare costs.

The Department for Education (DfE) says more than 200,000 parents have now successfully applied to receive the free childcare hours.

    

In total, 390,000 parents are eligible to receive help from the government with their childcare costs.

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