Free childcare for East Sussex two year olds

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Hundreds of two year olds in East Sussex will soon have the opportunity to socialise and learn new things thanks to additional funding for free childcare.

From September this year 1,100 two year olds across the county will be entitled to take up a free Early Learning Place, offering 15 hours of childcare a week.

From September 2014, funding will be made available for a further 1,100 places for two year olds in East Sussex.

Currently all parents of three and four year olds can claim free childcare from pre-schools, playgroups, nurseries, independent schools, registered childminders, children’s centres or maintained nursery classes registered with Ofsted.

Early Learning Places for two year olds will only be available in early years settings rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. It is the local authority’s firm view that the highest quality provision at this early stage is vital for children’s continued success in their education.

Councillor Sylvia Tidy, Lead Member for Children and Families, said: “The additional provision for two year olds will provide excellent opportunities for them to interact with a wide range of children and thus develop strong social skills, which will support their transition through the different phases of education.

“It will also provide valuable opportunities for parents and carers to gain access to training and guidance on this important stage of children’s development.”

To apply for a free Early Learning Place complete a form online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childcare or pick up a leaflet/application form at your local children’s centre.

Those eligible will be sent a list of childcare providers.