Two-year-old Charlotte is benefitting from free early learning. Is your child eligible?
Busy sorting toys and chatting, young Charlotte is a testament to the benefits of free early learning and childcare for eligible two-year-old children.
Please check if you are eligible
Watching her daughter play happily in Newbyres Nursery in Gorebridge, Charlotte’s mum Steph would encourage everyone with a two-year-old or a toddler to check if they are eligible.
Charlotte is now more chatty and confident
Steph, who works as a dental nurse, says: “Charlotte has only been at Newbyres for about three months but she’s settled amazingly well. She has separation anxiety and there were only some people in the family she would go to. Since coming here though she’s much more chatty and confident.”
Her speech has improved
Charlotte’s speech, which was slightly behind where she should be for her age, is now greatly improved. Her mum says her learning is also coming on leaps and bounds. Charlotte loves to sort her toys and she’s already keen to count.
Steph now has more time
The extra hours give Steph more time to organise her home but to also concentrate on potentially launching a new childcare business. Steph has registered to set up her own childminding business in her home.
Steph says: “It’s given me more time to work on a business plan for my childminding business”
More information about who is eligible
If you are on certain benefits or if you are working and in receipt of a certain amount of tax credits, then your two-year-old child may be eligible for up to 600 hours of free early learning and childcare. The number of nursery hours for our eligible 2-year-olds and three and four-year-olds will be almost doubling by 2020 to 1140 hours.