Robbie and his mum think it's a Good Time to be 2
Robbie has "come on massively"
Leanne Vickers says her two-year-old son Robbie has “come on massively” since he joined Arniston Playgroup, which is based in Stobhill Primary School, Gorebridge.
The free care is at a nursery, childminder or playgroup
She says Robbie, one of around 171 two-year-olds benefitting from a free place at a nursery, childminder or playgroup, is learning many new skills.
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Robbie is much more independent
Mum Leanne says: “He’s come on massively. When he came to Arniston he had just turned two and he was barely talking because he has a big brother and a big sister who would talk for him.
He can count to ten
“Now he’s found his voice and he’s much more independent. He loves playing outside and he can count up to ten, with a bit of help.
“He’s really enjoying the playgroup, it’s such a small, friendly setting that’s it’s been easy for him to adapt and settle in.”
A Good Time to Be 2 offers high quality learning
Midlothian Council’s 'A Good Time to be 2' service offers high quality early learning and childcare in various settings across Midlothian.
Some 2-year-olds are eligible
Certain 2-year-olds, including Robbie, are eligible for up to 600 hours of free early learning and childcare per year from the month after their second birthday.
Robbie's mum is training to be a hairdresser
And if Robbie is thoroughly enjoying playgroup, then Leanne too is benefitting from her son’s place. Leanne, who with husband Scott has two other children, Rory, 5 and Ruby, 7,is using her free time to study to become a hairdresser at Edinburgh College.
Leanne would recommend the free early learning to others
She says: “I’m able to still afford to keep Robbie in a secure place and help him with this overall development while I’m able to get a bit of my life back and pursue my career.”
Leanne says she would thoroughly recommend all eligible families to take advantage of the free offer.
She can afford now to keep Robbie at playgroup
“If the (Good Time to be 2) funding was not there then there’s no way as a student that I’d be able to afford to keep Robbie at Arniston.
“I think people think you’ve got to be on benefits to qualify but that’s not the case. Scott and I aren’t on benefits and we’re able to get the funding. It’s made a real difference to us.”
It is not just for people on benefits
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