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.
Emergency Budget: VAT to rise to 20 per cent
The emergency budget has unveiled a rise in VAT from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent.
Around £13 billion extra will be raised from the increase.
This is the first significant change to VAT since 1991 and is to come into place on January 4 2011.
With this, the UK will be bought into line with the rest of the continent, as the United Kingdom has more exemptions to VAT than most other countries.
The standard rate is to increase from five to six per cent
VAT on items including food, children's clothing, newspapers and books will remain exempt.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: "The years of debt and spending made this unavoidable."