New funding paves way for 30-hour funded childcare


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."

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
Books 4

Harrogate has a new independent book store

It's the first in the town in almost 20 years.

Craven War

Craven's First World War programme receives lottery funds

They want to explore the legacy of Craven.

Most read
Otley garden centre fire

Fire breaks out at Otley garden centre

Six fire engines were called to the blaze on Pool Road.

Newer article

LISTEN: Teenagers become 'dementia friends'

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Students in Harrogate are helping to raise awareness of dementia and tackle the stigma associated with the condition.

Older article

MP writes to health bosses after hospital closure

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The inpatient ward at Castleberg Hospital in Settle is being closed.

Top articles

England win women's cricket World Cup at Lord's

National: England have won the women's cricket World Cup after beating India by nine runs in the final at Lord's.

'Jordanian man killed in shooting at Israeli embassy in Amman'

World: A Jordanian man has been killed in a shooting at the Israeli embassy in Amman, according to security sources.

The Open: Jordan Spieth rallies to hold off Matt Kuchar in Birkdale thriller

Sport: Jordan Spieth staged a sensational back-nine recovery to clinch a three-shot victory as The 146th Open was treated to another thrilling final-day duel at Royal Birkdale.

Spielberg warns VR will rule the future at Comic-Con

Showbiz: Steven Spielberg has warned that a future ruled by virtual reality is coming "whether we like it or not".

What Happens If They Refuse To Pay?

Business: Litigation Lawyer, Dominic Hirst, outlines what the options are if a business or individual refuses to pay you - even when the courts say they have to.

Young disabled people stage their very own midnight walk

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: It's to celebrate two milestone anniversaries for the charity Disability Action Yorkshire.

WATCH: Harrogate car dealer opens its showroom to charity at Christmas

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: A car dealer has opened its doors to the Supporting Older People charity in Harrogate.

LISTEN: Award Winning Pateley Bridge Welcomes You Over Christmas

Christmas: Officially the Best Village High Street is wanting to see you for last minute festive shopping and for a day out over the Christmas period.

Dogs in hot cars: how hot is too hot?

Health: As temperatures rise for the Summer in the UK the Vet Hospital is reminding you to NEVER leave your dogs in hot cars.

One Parent's Heartbreaking Tale of Adoption

Home & Garden: After adopting three children and going through an unbelievably tough few years, Clare now knows exactly what she's here for... to be a mother.

The Yorkshire floods: one year on

Special Reports: People affected by last year's downpours describe what has happened in the last 12 months

Tour de Yorkshire: LIVE BLOG

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Follow all the action as 2017's Tour de Yorkshire hits the Stray FM area.

Tour de Yorkshire host venues confirmed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: There'll be no re-run of this year's memorable Tour de France stage finish in Harrogate.

Where to watch Tour de/of Yorkshire!! By Christopher Dean

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Professional cycling is back in Yorkshire! The Tour de/of Yorkshire runs from Fri 28th April to Sun 30th April. But where to watch? Make sure you do!