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Hounslow Council to offer 30 hours’ free childcare for working parents of 3 and 4-year old’s

The council has successfully bid for an award of £80,000 to directly benefit the delivery of 30 hours funded childcare in Hounslow.

Published: Friday, 16th March 2018

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Hounslow Council has taken all steps possible to support the government initiative to offer 30 hours free childcare for working parents of three and four year old’s within the borough. The council has successfully bid for an award of £80,000 to directly benefit the delivery of 30 hours funded childcare in Hounslow.

No automatic additional funding was made available from central Government to support implementation, but the council can celebrate success of being awarded a bid on 8 March from the Department for Education’s (DfE) Delivery Support Fund (DSF).

The council also successfully applied for the Early Years capital funding to support the creation of additional childcare places.

Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said: “Good quality childcare can help your child make friends, improve their speech and language, learn new things, prepare them for school and allow them to take part in exciting new activities.

"This additional funding is fantastic news as we are committed to providing every child in Hounslow with the best start in life so I would encourage all parents and carers with a three or four-year-old to take advantage of this new free childcare and early education offer.

“The funds will be used to help with the delivery of the 30-hours offer, designed to create new places for the 2018 summer term.”

The 30-hour places are offered in some school nursery classes, private day nurseries and pre-school playgroups and also with some childminders across the borough. It is the decision of the childcare provider as to whether they will deliver the 30-hour entitlement. 

This is a reflection of the council's commitment to supporting families with childcare costs by embracing and pursuing all opportunities to make this offer available to families.

For more information and a list of childcare providers visit the Hounslow Family Services Directory email fis@hounslow.gov.uk  or call 020 8583 3470. 

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