New funding paves way for 30-hour funded childcare

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8:26am 11th April 2017
(Updated 2:55pm 11th April 2017)

Day nurseries in Steeton and Silsden are among five across the Bradford district set to benefit from a £500,000 boost in capital funding.

The funding, from the Department for Education (DfE), will help to provide extensions at Nightingales day nursery at Airedale Hospital, Steeton, and Handprints day nursery in Silsden.

Work will start imminently and is expected to be complete by the autumn.

The funding has been agreed as part of a programme to make sure there are sufficient childcare places for the new 30-hour funded childcare offer which begins in September.

It means that eligible working parents of three and four-year-old children will be able to get an additional 15 hours of childcare.

This is in addition to the 15 hours of childcare currently available to all parents of three and four-year-olds.

Councillor Imran Khan, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills, said: "We are delighted that the district has received this funding boost to provide more childcare places for three and four-year-olds.

"The increase in capacity for childcare will mean we can help more young children benefit from early education, while helping their parents get into work."

Hannah Wiggin, owner and manager of Handprints day nursery, added: "We are really excited about our expansion. We are investing a considerable amount ourselves, as well as the capital funding, to make sure the nursery is good quality.

"The capital funding is really positive, as it will enable the children in the local area to access their 30-hour place."

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