Free childcare for hundreds of Bolton's poorest families
FREE nursery places for hundreds of two-year-olds from Bolton’s poorest families are now available.
Almost £2.5 million has been ploughed into the scheme, which will benefit 855 youngsters in the borough.
Town Hall bosses have been awarded a slice of £534 million of government money to fund the places for children from households earning less than £16,190 to give them better life chances.
The scheme is an extension of the introduction of the free early years education for all three and four-year-olds in 1999.
Cllr Madeleine Murray, Bolton Council’s cabinet member for looked after children, safeguarding and early years, said: “We are delighted to be able to extend the offer for free early years education places to two-year-olds from low income families.
“They often miss out on some educational experiences other children benefit from, as their parents cannot afford to put them into childcare.
“This early access to high quality education and childcare will help improve their communication skills and their ability to socialise, make friends and enrich their lives.”
Now, eligible children aged two can benefit from up to 570 hours of free education and childcare a year.
Each free session lasts between two and a half and 10 hours a day up to a maximum of 15 hours per week.
The scheme is only available to families in receipt of certain state benefits.
Children who qualify can take up their free place from the beginning of the term after their second birthday.
Parents are being urged to check with their local children’s centre to find out if they are eligible, register their child and get a list of Bolton Council accredited settings, which are part of the scheme.
These include playgroups, pre-schools, private day nurseries, local authority nursery classes, independent nursery schools and childminders.
Children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for youngsters aged two to five to prepare them for primary school.
They are taught personal, social and emotional development, language and communication, physical development, literacy, mathematical development, understanding of the world and expressive arts and design.
For more information contact local Children’s Centres or call Bolton Family Information Service on 01204 332170 to find out where the local centre is or email email@example.com
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