Free childcare will be available to more local families
9:43am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
MORE toddlers in Bolton could receive free childcare from September next year, under government plans to make Britain better for modern working families.
Currently, only 130,000 two-year-olds in the UK are eligible for free childcare, but this number is set to double next year as the £760 million scheme is rolled out to more parents.
Families earning less than £16,190 per year and receiving Working Tax Credits will now be eligible for the scheme, along with children who have been adopted, are in care or have a disability or special educational needs.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “If you’re a parent on a low income with a two-year-old in the family you’ll qualify for up to 15 hours a week of free early education for your child.
“And from this time next year, we will extend that helping hand even further, doubling the number of youngsters getting a brighter start in life. Evidence shows that if you take two children, the poorer child will already be behind their better-off classmate before a single lesson has been taught.
“I believe that every British family, whatever its structure, background and circumstances, should be able to get on in life.”
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