No. The government have pledged to continue it. It currently is part of the ring fenced general sure start grant to Las. It will be part of a new unringfenced grant however guidelines for las about it have not yet been published.
So if my DS gets his funding from January 2011 and continues at nursery he currntly attends, the funding should continue until he leaves for school in two years time? He currently goes to a private nursery rather than a state one, and with DS1 tnhey just took the funding off from his monthly invoice IYSWIM
The spending commitment is for 4 years from April 2011. Yes he will be funded however what private nurseries can and can't charge for and how they charge has changed in past year ( linked to single funding formula) and so it may not be exactly the same.
"The government have pledged to continue it." Does that actually stand for anything or will they not go back on it when things no longer suit. It must cost money, so why not clobber parents a bit more, they can take it. I'm 99% certain it will disappear v soon.
Shit, really Cristina? Now I am really worried! Does anyone know anything else? I have been offered a place for DS2 at a state nursery - should I take it then, even though I wouldn't have any childcare available to me during school holidays if by some fluke I actually did manage to find a part time job?
Sorry, Sausage, I don't have any insider info, just going by what is happening so far. This government seem to be cutting everything, I'm sure subsidised childcare is just one of those things that will vanish. They want mums back at the stove anyway. I think I'd carry on as I were at the moment, look for a job etc and see what happens. I suppose they'd give a bit of notice, even with Uni tuition fees increase they've given one year notice. (So very generous to let us plan.)
I was talking to my DDs keyworker at her nursery the other day, I asked her if she knew anything about funding being cut, and she told me that it wont happen. So come next September my dd can attend nursey for the full entitlement, at the moment she only attends one morning a week, as that is all we can afford.
saucysausage, tbh I'd be more worried about the future of the state nurseries themselves. Our local state nursery is the best in Scotland, has 'excellents' across the board fromt he Care Commission (we're in Scotland) but it's now threatened with closure because of the cuts.
I'd be more worried about the many nurseries withdrawing from this underfunded scheme that doesn't cover their operating costs! Many are withdrawing or turning away 'free' entitlement children to keep their nursery businesses afloat. Support your local nursery by being aware of this underfunded spin. Its not free - nurseries in london and the south are subsidising government policy.