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Saving childminders

By Ryan Shorthouse  

Childminders are more flexible, but parents are forced to use day centres if they want to claim free childcare entitlement

The availability of childcare is essential, now more than ever, given that countries with higher female employment tend to have higher economic growth. So the government was right to announce in the Autumn Statement that they would extend the free entitlement—15 hours’ free childcare—to the most deprived 40 per cent of 2 year olds. But the majority of childminders have been unable to deliver the free…

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