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.
Over 1,000 apprentices recruited by London councils
London Councils have announced that London boroughs are more than halfway towards the target of recruiting 2,000 apprentices by 2012.
More than 1,000 apprentices have now been recruited by local government across the capital, who last year pledged to recruit apprentices in their workforces or in those of their contractors.
The wide range of apprenticeships on offer includes customer service, construction, business administration and horticulture and last between one and three years and combine work with college training.
The apprenticeships are aimed at aimed at adults who want to equip themselves with the skills they need to progress or change their career or to get back into the job market, as well as young people.
London Councils’ Executive Member for Children and Young People, Steve Reed, said: "Apprenticeships in London’s local authorities are a fantastic way for apprentices to gain the skills and experience sought by employers while giving something back to their communities."