Milton Keynes one of the best areas for youngsters accessing childcare

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Milton Keynes is one of the top three areas in the region for placing two-year-olds into childcare and early education.

The council has reached 90 percent of the government’s target for take up of the ‘two-year-old offer’ which enables eligible toddlers to access up to 15 hours in a nursery, preschool or childminder for free.

Between October and December 2014 Milton Keynes increased take up by 30 percent, compared with a regional average of 16 percent. Milton Keynes now has 1,134 two-year-olds in high quality education as compared to 592 12 months ago.

Councillor Norman Miles, lead member for children and school improvement, said: “We are committed to ensuring that all children get the best start in life.

“I am delighted that the hard work of officers is paying off and more children in our borough are using the opportunity to learn, make friends, experience new activities and get ready for school.”

For more information about the two-year-old offer, or to find out if children are eligible, parents and carers should visit www.timefortwos.com or pop into their nearest children’s centre.