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Free childcare scheme to launch at Ossett nursery

Elaine Patterson from Ossett Childcare & Pre-School encourage parents to  use free childcare scheme.

Elaine Patterson from Ossett Childcare & Pre-School encourage parents to use free childcare scheme.

An Ossett nursery is offering families 15 hours a week of free childcare for two-year-olds, as part of a new national scheme.

The scheme begins on Wednesday, September 3, and it will provide free early education and childcare for parents and care providers who meet the entitlement criteria.

The early learning initiative for two-year-olds is building on a scheme already in place for three and four-year-olds, which has been running for four years.

Elaine Patterson, manager of Ossett Child Care and Pre-School, said: “We want to target the most vulnerable children and we firmly believe we can make a difference in a child’s life.

Mrs Patterson said her nursery is looking forward to helping new two-year-olds develop their education through playing and fun challenges.

She said: “There are children who start school and can’t speak and aren’t even toilet trained.

“If a child comes to us before the age of five then we can really make a difference to their life by getting them to learn in our fun play environment.”

For more information about the entitlement criteria visit www.gov.uk/free-early-education

Parents and care providers looking for more information can contact the Wakefield District Families Information Service - who provide free support and advice for accessing childcare - on 0800 587 8042.

 

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