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Extra funding for free early years education

September 9, 2013 10:40 AM


The Government has announced additional funding to provide free early years education to two-year olds across England including 987 children in Leicestershire.

130,000 two-year olds from the poorest homes will be eligible for 15 hours of free childcare a week with a nursery or childminder.

The Government is investing more than £500 million into childcare this year and £100 million through local authorities to create new places to ensure those children eligible right now can benefit from these places.

Commenting Hinckley and Bosworth Lib Dem parliamentary spokesman Cllr Michael Mullaney said: "This is a welcome announcement for families in Hinckley and Bosworth and the rest of Leicestershire.

"Early education helps promote a child's physical, emotional and social development.

"This extra support for low income families is a real Liberal Democrat achievement."

"From now, if you're a parent on a low income with a two year old in the family your child will qualify for 15 hours a week of free early years' education.

"These funded places are focused on helping the families that need them most."

Next year the Government will be investing £760m to help an additional 130,000 two-year-olds in families on less than £16,190 a year who receive working tax credits.

987 children in Leicestershire will benefit from this early years education this year and 2,500 next year