Early years providers in England are struggling to provide the promised 30 hours of free child care because of “insufficient” funding, a survey has found.
The research, carried out by the National Association of Head Teachers, revealed that only one fifth (19%) of the 425 providers surveyed thought the funding they received was sufficient to cover their costs.
Seventy per cent said they were cross-subsidising from another part of the school to enable them to offer additional hours.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT, said cross-subsidies were “unsustainable”.
He added: “The government’s 30 hours free child care promise should be a boost to parents. But it is not truly free.