Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Communities receive £1 million for pocket parks
Parks and Green Spaces Minister Rishi Sunak has announced that community groups can now bid for funds to establish a new pocket park or refurbishing an existing park in their area.
With a fund of £1 million made available, the pocket parks, usually small plots of land seen in urban spaces, will provide a green oasis which can help improve the physical and mental health of the communities using them. Pocket parks currently in use allow for physical exercise, growing vegetables, children’s play and community events.
Sunak said: “Green spaces offer people a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of life to relax, keep healthy, learn about nature or spend time together with loved ones. Not all communities enjoy access to an abundance of usable space, while some existing parks might need a bit of TLC to bring them back to life. The pocket parks plus fund will help local people to create and maintain small oases that they can take pride in and benefit from for years to come.”
The first Pocket Parks programme was launched in February 2016. The new funding will see up to £15,000 made available to build new ‘pocket parks’ and up to £25,000 available for renovating existing parks.