Free child care places for two-year-olds

The Golden Ticket

Posted on: 18 July 2016

Free child care and early education is available for 2 year old children from September.

The Council will be writing to families who are eligible for the funding next month to offer them free 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.

‘Golden Tickets’ posted to eligible families during August can be redeemed in return for up to 15 hours a week child care during term time, or 570 hours free child care over the year.

The golden tickets represent a saving of £2,781.60 in childcare fees, based on the funding rate from 1 April.

The funding provides a great 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.

Anyone not receiving a golden ticket but who feel that they are eligible can check their own eligibility online or by calling 01392 385530.

Cllr James McInnesCouncillor James McInnes, the Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for early years provision, said:

“We currently provide funding for nearly 2,000 free childcare places, but we know that there are some families who are eligible for it who may not be aware.

“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.”

A list of early years providers is available at on the Council’s website.

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