Local authorities have supported the childcare sector through the pandemic, but remain concerned about the future of the sector

Local authorities report the wide and varied support they have provided the childcare sector and families in a new report published today, but they are still concerned about the future of the sector, including around a shortage of childcare places for older children. 

Co-authored by Frontier Economics and Coram Family and Childcare, and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, this new research draws upon interviews with 122 Local Authority Early Leads to reveal how local support has been wide-ranging and has taken multiple different forms. However, the report also shows that there have been notable local variations. For example, some local authorities reported offering considerable additional financial assistance, while several areas reported no additional spending.  

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Written by Catherine T.