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Nursery closes because of 30 hours requirement.

Nursery closes because of 30 hours requirement.

When ministers pledged to double the amount of free childcare for working parents, they never dreamed it could lead to some top nurseries closing.

But just over two years on, that is exactly what is about to happen.

Fidgety Fingers in Essex, one of many nurseries which says it cannot make government funding rates stretch over 30 hours, will shut on Wednesday.

The government says it has boosted the rates it pays councils to fund the scheme, including Essex County Council.

The Department for Education is sure that the 30 hours scheme, which is due to start in September, will be a success, like it says its trial scheme has been.

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