Government ‘knowingly underfunded free childcare’, EYA investigation reveals

Fiona Simpson
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Funding rates paid to local authorities for so-called “free” childcare placements amount to two-thirds of what civil servants estimated would be needed to fully fund the scheme, new data has revealed.

More than 2,500 childcare settings have closed this year, figures show. Picture: Adobe Stock
More than 2,500 childcare settings have closed this year, figures show. Picture: Adobe Stock

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