Boost for suppliers into the nursery market

The UK nursery sector will be strengthened by the news that the coalition government has confirmed that the entitlement to free childcare for three- and four-year-olds will continue. The Education Secretary Michael Gove has gone further saying it will be increased to 15 hours a week and that childcare would also be extended to the 20,000 of the country’s most disadvantaged two-year-olds. For suppliers into this market this is surely an indication that demand will hold up. This coincides with the release of a new survey into future resourcing for nurseries conducted by UK trade body for suppliers to education. It makes interesting reading noting that nurseries are most likely to prioritise a greater range of resources than schools with learning toys at the top of the list. Instead of buying at a particular time of year, 81% said purchasing happened at any time. For suppliers this means that the traditional autumn glut can be smoothed out throughout the year.