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.
Greater Manchester chosen as natural environment pioneer
As part of the government’s recent 25-year environment plan, Greater Manchester is one of four UK settings chosen to ‘pioneer’ new ways of enhancing the natural environment.
The UK’s ‘Urban Pioneer City Region’, also in Lancashire, Cumbria and Devon, will see ideas developed to encourage similar projects in other parts of the country to help everyone make better decisions to protect and improve the environment.
The Green Summit, called for by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, will take place on 21 March 2018, and will aim to establish a ‘green charter’, accelerate Greater Manchester’s green ambitions, and explore the earliest possible milestones for achieving carbon neutrality.
Alex Ganotis, Greater Manchester’s Green City Region lead, said: “That Greater Manchester has been selected to be the UK’s national urban pioneer city region is testament to the hard work being done by our local communities and partner agencies to better support our environment and achieve carbon neutrality. This will also feed into the work of our Green Summit in March, where we will be developing our ambitious goal of becoming a carbon-neutral city; acting now to prevent further damage to our environment and create a greener, healthier and more attractive region for the people who live and work here.”