Council offers free child care places for two-year-olds
Posted on: 7 March 2016
Devon County Council is encouraging parents to take up the opportunity to have free child care for their two-year-olds.
The Council provides funding to childcare and early years education providers for families in receipt of certain benefits so they can have a free place.
The Council says that many parents are unaware of the funding, or of the benefits that child care can provide.
In an effort to make people more aware, the Council is writing to families who are eligible for the funding to offer them free childcare.
‘Golden Tickets’ are being posted to eligible parents next week, who can redeem their tickets in return for up to 15 hours a week child care during term time, or 570 hours free child care over the year, at approved day nurseries, school nurseries, child minders and pre schools.
It represents a saving of £2,781.60 in childcare fees, based on the funding rate from Friday 1 April.
The ‘Golden Tickets’ were first used by the Council to promote the funding last term, and they have since seen a big increase in the take up of places.
Funding is available for children whose family receive certain benefits, have a household income under £16,190, or if the child has a disability, special educational need or if they are adopted or placed under a residency order.
Councillor James McInnes, the Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for early years provision, said:
“This promotion is aimed at people who we know are eligible for the funding, and it’s designed to encourage them to take up the placements.
“The funding provides an opportunity for children to make new friends and learn through play in specially approved childcare settings. It is also intended to support parents who want to use the time to access training, study or return to work.”
If parents do not receive a Golden Ticket and feel that they are eligible, they can check their own eligibility online or by calling 01392 385530.
A list of early years providers is available at on the Council’s website.
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