Campaign launches to promote free childcare for two-year-olds
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Children in Staple Hill have helped to launch a campaign to raise awareness about free childcare which is available for some two-year-olds.
The Government funded scheme was introduced to improve the outcomes of children from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing free childcare for this age group.
To help raise awareness about the second round of funding, Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council Howard Gawler (pictured left) joined Cllr Ian Blair, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Committee and a number of children at Staple Hill Children’s Centre where many families are already benefitting from the free offer.
Cllr Ian Blair, Chair of the Children and Young People Committee, said: “We have already been very successful in getting families on low incomes to take up this scheme since it was introduced. We want to ensure more parents and carers are aware of this initiative which entitles eligible families to claim up to 15 hours free childcare a week which includes access to learning and fun activities.
“If you have a two-year-old and your household income is less than £16,190 then you may also be entitled to take up the funding which will be available from September 1.”
The free childcare would be made available in a nursery or pre-school setting or with a childminder.
These mums have already taken up the offer at Staple Hill Stars Pre-School.
Rebecca Shields said: “My little boy loves it here, staff are lovely and really friendly. Couldn’t wish for a better place for my little one to start school.”
Justine Wood added: “This pre-school is a very enjoyable place to be. It’s fantastic! My son absolutely loves going and I enjoy very much helping out as a parent helper. All the staff are welcoming and friendly. My son and I have made so many friends.”
Further information is available on our website at www.southglos.gov.uk/childcare or alternatively you can find out more by calling 01454 868008. You will need your National Insurance number to hand.
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