Criteria extended in Time for Twos campaign

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Parents of two year olds are being called upon to find out if they qualify for up to 15 hours of free early education and childcare a week.

It comes as part of their ‘Time for Twos’ campaign and aims to support eligible families to access high quality childcare in a nursery, pre-school or with a childminder in the borough.

Michael Bracey, Assistant Director for Education, Effectiveness and Participation said: “Quality early education and childcare can help toddlers to learn, play together with friends, experience new activities or get ready for school. It also gives their parents the time to go back to work or learn and develop a new skill through training.”

The offer has been available to a limited number of families since September. However, the eligibility criteria have now been extended.

A two year old will be eligible if they meet any one of the following criteria. Their family meet the eligibility criteria also used for Free School Meals, their family receive Working Tax Credits and have annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year, they have a current Statement of Special Educational Need (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or they attract Disability Living Allowance

Children can use the funding for up to 15 hours per week, to a maximum of 570 hours per academic year (38 weeks). Some childcare providers stretch the entitlement over the whole calendar year at up to 11 hours per week.

For more visit or pop into the nearest children’s centre.