A better start for school
If you recently got a postcard in the mail about free part-time childcare and early education for two year-olds, find out if you are eligible before the next intake in January.
Children who took a free place from when they were aged two were more advanced by the time they started school than children from a similar background who didn’t take a place, council data shows.
“We found that children who took a place were better communicators, more confident to try new things, made friends more easily as well as better at reading and writing,” said Penny Kenway, head of early years and childcare. “So it’s really important that parents take up this offer. It will give their children a good foundation for starting school.”
Free 15 hours a week childcare and early education for two year-olds is available to out of work families or those with an annual income of less than £16,190 per year, children who are looked after or adopted and children with complex needs.