I saw a few suggestions in the weekend press that the Government were going to make some concession for working parents, to help with the cost of childcare in this week’s budget. The main suggestion seems to be an increased tax break to pay for childcare, so presumably an extension of the current employer voucher scheme, but we will have to wait and see. The bad news is that it is unlikely to start until 2015, so not really something to get too excited about just yet! The consultation on ‘More Great Childcare’, the Government’s recent report on how they propose to relax ratios and increase qualifications in the sector closes at the end of this week, so we will have to wait for them to digest those (assuming, of course, they do actually read consultation responses) and then see what changes will be made.
Times are certainly tough for all families and we continue to help with advice on tax credits and employer vouchers wherever possible. The 3 and 4 year old funding is being accessed by nearly all families, and we are getting an increased number of 2 year olds applying for the funding, but at the moment they need to be referred by their Health Visitor or Children’s Centre. If you think you might qualify and would like more information, do ask any of our managers.
In the meantime, a little superhero to lighten the mood!