Childcare is a costly burden for many families, especially for those who are struggling to make ends meet. But under new plans being considered by the Government, poorer households could soon send their toddlers to nursery for free.
The plans would benefit parents of two-year-olds, who would be entitled to an extra 15 hours of nursery time a week. As it stands, the most disadvantaged two-year-olds get between 10 and 15 hours of free early education a week.
The plans would allow parents to take on more hours at work, and give them more flexibility in juggling their lives. This would be a huge help for so many families, as up to 140,000 free nursery places would be available.
Our guide to cutting the cost of childcare is already available to mums and dads who are looking for ways to fit childcare costs into their tight budgets so they can get back to work.
We all know time is money, especially in this climate. So with the option of sending little ones to nursery between 7am and 7pm, a variety of working options could open up for mums and dads.
Ministers believe the number of free places for toddlers will rise from around 20,000 to 140,000 a year.