30 AUGUST 2017: Nearly half of British parents aren’t aware of the landmark Government policy which, from this Friday, will give families access to 30 hours’ free childcare a week – up from 15 hours previously.
The revelation follows polling of over 2,000 parents which found that, in addition to a lack of awareness, there are also growing concerns that the policy could lead to renewed financial pressures on local registered childcare providers.
In fact, the research conducted by comparethemarket.com revealed that more than a quarter (28%) of parents polled actually believe that the policy could lead to a decline in the quality of childcare services being provided.
Adding to the degree of uncertainty around the policy, findings also highlighted that over half of UK parents (51%) aren’t even sure whether they are eligible for the new policy or not, whilst over a third (36%) admit that they didn’t know whether their providers would offer the new policy.
Whilst acknowledging a potential impact on providers, the majority of the parents polled are confident that the policy will provide their families with a bit of financial relief. Indeed, almost six in 10 (59%) parents polled who are eligible for the policy, expect to see an improvement in their household finances as a result.