Monday, 15 April 2013

City’s Poorest Toddlers To Benefit From Free Childcare

Cambridge’s poorest toddlers will benefit from 15 hours free childcare a week from September following a government investment of more than £3 million in the city.

MP Julian Huppert has welcomed the news which delivers on a Liberal Democrat commitment to additional early years’ education.

The funding means 1,045 children in Cambridge will each receive £2,880 worth of free childcare.

And the investment is in addition to the £100 million of capital spending on additional nursery places announced by Lib Dem Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last year.

Julian urged parents across Cambridge to find out whether their two-year-olds could benefit.

He said: “We know that early years’ education can make a real difference to children from disadvantaged backgrounds who are at risk of falling behind their classmates in school. It gives them the best possible start in life.

“I want to make sure that no child in Cambridge misses out on this free childcare. I would urge parents of children turning two this month or later to find out whether their child is eligible.”

1. Children from families receiving one of the following meet the criteria for free childcare from September:
· Income Support
· Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
· Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
· Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
· the Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
· If you have an annual income of less than £16,190 and get Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit.

Parents can find out if their child is eligible by contacting either their local nursery provider or their local authority. These places will initially be targeted on children from families receiving an out-of-work benefit and those who are looked after by their local authority.