A number of changes to childcare support have been announced including:
- Extending the 30 hours per week of free childcare to children from the age of 9 months until they start school. This allowance is for 38 weeks of the year but parents will be able to spread it across the full year.
- Providing funding to set up 'wraparound childcare' for school age children
These changes will be introduced in stages from April 2024 so may support staff, who are due to go on maternity or shared parental leave soon, to return to work.