Solihull Council’s payments for the new funded 30 hours of childcare aren’t enough for many childminders and nurseries. The general issue was raised in Parliament this week. Are you affected?
Solihull pays £3.90 an hour to childminders and nurseries under England’s new 30 hour funding contract (Bristol pays £4.87). This rate is not expected to rise with inflation either.
Some childminders, who need more than £3.90 an hour to survive, have opted not to offer these funded places. Others are restricting the times of day that parents can use their funded hours.
Lib Dem Councillor John Windmill said “Solihull Council has a duty to ensure there are enough places for 3-4 year olds. But we fear the funding offered isn’t enough to ensure this.”
The funding problems faced by nurseries and childminders was raised in Westminster at Prime Minister's Questions (see the story and video here - or scroll down to the video).
The Government ultimately funds the scheme, but they seem to want ‘Champagne Nurseries on Lemonade Funding’ (as childminders argue).
Are you a childminder, struggling to make ends meet, or a parent having trouble finding a place for your child?
Please get in touch.