The number of eligible two year olds receiving free childcare education in Milton Keynes has now risen above the national average.
The Time for Twos initiative aims to support eligible families to receive free high quality childcare in a nursery, pre-school or with a childminder in the borough. Following the publication of figures from the Department for Education (DfE), Milton Keynes has seen an improvement with 73.1% of eligible two year olds now benefiting. This compares to an average of 63.2 per cent in the region and 63 per cent nationally.
Councillor Norman Miles, lead member for children and lifelong learning, said: “Quality early education and childcare play a key part in helping young children to learn, play together with friends, experience new activities and get ready for school.
“It also gives their parents the time to go back to work or learning, or to develop new skills through training.”
The success follows a targeted campaign by the council to raise awareness of the offer.
As well as a range of advertising and creative incentives, Tim, the walking talking clock has been out and about in the community alongside council officers meeting families and telling them about the benefits that early education can bring.
For more information, or to find out if they are eligible, parents and carers should visit www.timefortwos.com or pop into their nearest children’s centre.