Childcare affordability programme
Mayor of London / London Development Agency
The three-year Childcare Affordability Programme was announced in the Government's Ten Year Childcare Strategy and forms part of the delivery of the Mayor's London Childcare Strategy by the London Development Agency's Childcare Team.
The programme is funded jointly by the London Development Agency and the Department for Education and Skills to provide £33m towards good quality affordable childcare for lower income families in the capital.
Every London borough has been awarded funding under the first phase of the scheme, which reduces the cost of full day and flexible child care places. By the end of March 2007, over 8,000 subsidised places had been made available in participating nurseries across the capital.
A second phase of funding has been awarded to pilot innovative projects to reduce the cost of childcare to meet a range of needs, including home-based and emergency care, support for parents with disabled children, and for parents who are making the transition to employment.
Initially meant to end in 2008, funding for the current programme will continue until March 2009 and there will be new affordability programme from April 2009.
The London Development Agency website has more information on the Childcare Affordability Programme.