National deafblind charity Sense today (25 November) responded to the publication of the Comprehensive Spending Review and the Government’s promise to increase the amount of free childcare available to parents.
Deputy Head of Public Policy, Kate Fitch said:
“We are pleased that the Government has announced an additional £300 million of funding for the Nursery sector, alongside the previously announced extension of free childcare. This will be a huge relief to many providers who have been struggling to supply the free childcare scheme and stay afloat.
“However, we are concerned that the parents of the disabled children we support may not be able to access the free childcare on offer due to a chronic shortage of suitable childcare and play provision in their local area. This is unacceptable.
“The Government must urgently consider how it will ensure that all eligible children, including families with disabled children, are able to access the 30 hours free childcare, before the plans are rolled out.”