If you have a two-year old, or a child just about to celebrate their second birthday your child may be eligible to free early education and care. Up to 570 hours a year could be available with a registered nursery, pre-school or childminder.
West Sussex County Council’s Family Information Service urges people to check if they qualify for the free childcare from this September. Families that receive free school meals are eligible, as are many other children.
Some two-year-olds have already been able to take up the ‘Free Entitlement’ funding. The offer is now being extended and families can apply for autumn term places from the end of June.
Currently all three and four-year-old children can get access to the funding. It’s estimated this expansion for younger children will enable around 20 per cent of two-year-olds in the county to also take up the offer.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life, Peter Evans, said: “Attending a good quality nursery or pre-school can really boost a child’s learning and development. It’s not only a great way for them to make new friends and build their confidence, it also helps to ensure they are equipped with the skills and abilities they need when they start school.”
To find out if you’re eligible or to find out about nurseries, pre-schools or childminders in your area, contact the Family Information Service on: 01243 777807, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The service can also advise on funding and places for three and four-year-olds.
Further information can also be found on the County Council website or by asking at your local Children and Family Centre.