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Nursery funding falls short.

Nursery funding falls short.

The funding increase offered to nurseries in England to cover extra free childcare is less than the cost of a second class stamp, say campaigners.

From September three and four-year-olds will be eligible for 30 hours' free nursery education if both parents work.

But the National Day Nurseries Association says the average extra 40p an hour offered to providers falls short of what they need.

The government says the amount it has allocated should be enough.

Funding conundrum

Currently, three and four-year-olds in England are eligible for 15 hours of free nursery education per week.

 

This entitlement will double from September under a flagship Conservative pledge in the 2015 election. 

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