Find out about free childcare
Published on: 04 Aug 2014
CHILDREN in Staple Hill have helped to launch a campaign to let people know about free childcare available for some two-year-olds.
The Government-funded scheme was introduced to improve the outcomes of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
To help raise awareness about the second round of funding, the chairman of South Gloucestershire Council Howard Gawler joined councillor Ian Blair, chair of the children and young people's committee and children at Staple Hill Children’s Centre where many families are already benefiting from the free offer.
Cllr Blair said: “We have already been very successful in getting families on low incomes to take up this scheme since it was introduced. We want to ensure more parents and carers are aware of this initiative, which entitles eligible families to claim up to 15 hours free childcare a week. This includes access to learning and fun activities.
“If you have a two-year-old and your household income is less than £16,190 then you may be entitled to take up the funding, which will be available from September1.”
The free childcare would be made available in a nursery or pre-school setting or with a childminder.
Some mums have already taken up the offer at Staple Hill Stars Pre-School.
Rebecca Shields said: “My little boy loves it here. Staff are lovely and really friendly. I couldn’t wish for a better place for my little one to start school.”
Justine Wood added: “This pre-school is a very enjoyable place to be. It’s fantastic. My son absolutely loves going and I enjoy very much helping out as a parent helper. All the staff are welcoming and friendly. My son and I have made so many friends.”
Further information is available on the council website at www.southglos.gov.uk/childcare or alternatively you can find out more by calling 01454 868008. You will need your National Insurance number to hand.