Parents with two year olds are being encouraged to apply for government funding for free childcare by Warwickshire County Council.
The county council has received many applications from eligible parents but there are still families out there who have yet to take up the funding.
From September 2014, if parents are receiving one or more of the following benefits, free childcare places are available for 2 year olds:
• Income Support
• Income based Job Seekers Allowance
• Income related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act
• The Guarantee element of the State Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit with an annual household income of less than £16,190
There are some additional categories of children who also qualify:
• Children being looked after by the local authority
• Children who have left care through special guardianship or adoption
• Children with a current statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care Plan
• Children who qualify for Disability Living Allowance
The best way to apply is by following the link on this page www.warwickshire.gov.uk/childcarecosts and parents will usually get an instant answer about whether they qualify for a place.
Councillor Colin Hayfield, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for Education and Learning, said:
“We have helped over 1000 families to get a free childcare place so far. We still want to make sure that as many eligible parents as possible are aware that they can apply for free childcare places for 2 year olds.
“We are committed to helping wherever we can to help improving the quality of life for our residents and want to encourage eligible parents to contact us.”
Cllr Bob Hicks, Chair of the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added:
“There is overwhelming evidence that quality early years education has a significant positive impact on children’s later development. We would like to see every child start school with the best possible chance of meeting their full potential.”
Parents who qualify will save money and every eligible child will be given the opportunity to experience high quality early years education with the support of an Ofsted registered nursery or childminder.
Parents who meet the criteria are encouraged to contact the 2 Help team at email@example.com or 01926 742218 or 01926 742233.
For general information about childcare and early education or to request a list of nurseries and pre-schools in your local area contact FIS by telephone on 01926 742274/0845 090 8044 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Childcare Finder can be found here www.warwickshire.gov.uk/childcare.