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The Education Secretary Justine Greening has today (10 January 2017) announced a £50 million grant scheme to provide thousands of new childcare places.

The government has confirmed a list of successful projects benefitting from grants worth £50 million, which will help to deliver the government’s landmark 30 hours free childcare offer.

Today’s confirmed projects will create almost 9,000 free places for eligible 3- and 4-year-olds, saving parents around £5,000 per year when it is rolled out from next September.

Almost 200 nurseries and pre-schools will receive a share of this funding to invest in new buildings, convert old ones and upgrade facilities.

More than £2 million of this funding will be invested in the Education Secretary’s first 6 opportunity areas of:

  • Blackpool
  • Derby
  • Norwich
  • Oldham
  • Scarborough
  • west Somerset

These areas have been identified as social mobility ‘coldspots’ and are benefiting from additional funding to help all children to reach their full potential.

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