Parents who live in Wigan Borough could be entitled to free childcare for their two year old.
Previously, only three and four year olds were entitled to receive the offer although now some two year olds could also be eligible for Early Years Provision of up to 15 hours over 38 weeks a year.
This entitlement starts after the child’s second birthday and can be used for up to three terms before the three year old funding for all children begins.
Evidence shows that high quality early education from the age of two brings significant benefits to a child’s development. Through playful and educational interaction with others, those in early year’s education can become more confident, learn valuable social skills and develop language skills.
Those eligible to receive this free provision should be referred to their local children's centre link worker from a health visitor, the family information service, a children's centre coordinator or an existing childcare provider. Parents or carers can also contact their local link worker directly.
Early Years Provision can be taken in school nursery classes; in community pre-schools attached to a school or in private, voluntary or independent settings and also with child minders who belong to an accredited network. To give parents or carers a choice and flexibility, childcare can be taken over a minimum of two days.
If you have a three or four year old you are automatically entitled to this offer. To find a place contact the Family Information Service (FIS) on 01942 828644 who will be able to provide you with a list of settings that offer provision best suited to you, close to where you live, study or work.