Budget - Free Nursery hours 1 & 2 year olds

I see its expected that the 30 hours free nursery care is likely to be extended to one & 2 year olds

This is great but how quickly do you think it would be implemented if it is announced today?

I just hope it will apply to Scotland also!
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  • Strummer22
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    A BBC article (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-64959611) says 'equivalent funding' would be announced for Scotland. 

    I would hope implementation would be quick as it's an extension to the system already in place for 3 - 4 year olds, not something brand new. A month or two maybe? I say this with hope, as my youngest has just turned 1!
  • Alter_ego
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    Not that easy for nurseries to get/train extra staff
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  • Ljc80_2
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    Stummer22, I know mine turns 1 in 3 weeks it would be such a relief!
  • Ljc80_2 said:
    Stummer22, I know mine turns 1 in 3 weeks it would be such a relief!
    and this is the thing, it will be such a relief to lots and should have been in place much much sooner. Our 2nd will be 3 in November so we've been "counting down the days" to the Jan '24 term to finally get that lump sum off the balance sheet. It'll be great to have that done 8 months earlier than anticipated. I don't even care that it cost us a small fortune up to now, that's just life.
  • Simon11
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    O dear, not planned to go live until 2024.... what a shame
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  • Strummer22
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    :( oh well, at least my youngest will be eligible for the 15 hours free from next April as soon as it's available
  • Jinglish
    Jinglish Posts: 71 Forumite
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    Looks like he’s got the wrong budget year. Should be a 2024 statement if they are even in power.

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    We need this help now, why not Sept 2023 it’s an existing system so all the framework is in place. I’m sure the nurseries will react to find staff since you are upping the payments. Most children already go so it might not be a flood of new children, plus parents need to be in work. I don’t get the delay other than political.
  • Matt9300
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    Surely a logical thing to do would be to offer it immediately to those who have experience working in the sector to get them back quicker rather than waiting until September 2025. 

    Maybe even offer those still on maternity leave a cash incentive to return earlier?
  • Simon11
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    edited 15 March 2023 at 5:20PM
    Would be great if Martin Lewis would create and start a campaign to get this implemented earlier.

    Starting in Sept 2023 is surely feasible, otherwise this scheme only really benefits parents who haven't even had their child yet and haven't even clocked on about how expensive it is!
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  • Emmia
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    Alter_ego said:
    Not that easy for nurseries to get/train extra staff
    I was wondering where the army of staff to deliver this will come from? All the trained/qualified childcarers I know don't work in childcare as the wages are too low / they can earn much more in other careers.
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