Childminders speak out on unfair related children funding rules

  • Over 1000 have responded to a Pre-school Learning Alliance survey since its launch at 4pm on Wednesday

Childminders have demonstrated their strength of feeling on the current government rules around claiming free entitlement funding for related children, with more than 1200 responding to a Pre-school Learning Alliance survey on the issue in less than 24 hours.

Under current rules, childminders are prohibited from claiming government funding for children who are related to them; however, this restriction does not apply to group early years settings.

The survey, which seeks more detail on what impact the current regulations are having on childminders’ businesses, is part of the Alliance’s ongoing current efforts to lobby government on this issue.

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, said:

“We know that this is far from a new problem and that many childminders have been campaigning on this issue for years. With a growing number of childminders choosing to join the Alliance, we’re keen to do our utmost to lobby government on this issue and finally secure a long overdue change to these rules.

“We are very clear that the current rules on funding for related children are completely unfair to childminders, but this in itself isn’t enough to achieve change – if it was, the rules would have been amended a long time ago. That’s why we need hard data to present to the Department for Education to demonstrate exactly what impact that the current regulations are having on the childminding sector.

“We hope all childminders, whether Alliance members or not, will take this opportunity to ensure their voices are heard on this issue.”

The survey is available online at:


For further information or to interview, Neil Leitch, Chief Executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, please contact:

Deri Jones

Pre-school Learning Alliance

T: 020 7697 2598



Notes for editors

  • The Pre-school Learning Alliance is the largest voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England.
  • Through direct provision and its membership of 14,000 nurseries, sessional pre-schools and parent and toddler groups, the Alliance supports over 800,000 children and their families in England. The Alliance also develops and runs family learning programmes, offers information and advice, runs acclaimed training and accreditation programmes and campaigns to influence early years policy and practice.
  • For information about the Pre-school Learning Alliance, visit our website: