Funded early learning places for two-year-olds
Happily playing at baking with mum Erin, Caleb Johnston is clearly enjoying his Good Time to Be 2 funded nursery place. Caleb goes to Penicuik Family Learning Centre every afternoon for two and a half hours throughout the year.
Applying is easy
Erin says it was really easy to apply, she just needed to fill in a form and provide Caleb’s birth certificate, proof of address and her benefits letter.
Is your two-year-old eligible?
She says: “I’d recommend applying for A Good Time to Be 2 place. A lot of people say it’s the best thing they’ve done. It has given Caleb more confidence. He’s learning more, talking more and doing more imaginative play. It’s also given me more confidence too as a parent.”
Free spaces available in Penicuik
The charity Midlothian Sure Start runs Penicuik Family Learning Centre. Kate Downey says they have 10 Good Time to Be 2 children at the centre currently and space for another 10.
She says: “I’d recommend everyone checks if they are eligible or not for up to 600 hours of funded early learning for their two-year-old child. Here at the Penicuik Family Learning Centre, the children enjoy the secure and homely environment. All the learning is child-led through appropriate play. Our professional team will support with all areas of development and work closely with other professionals such as speech and language therapists.
The centre supports parents too
“It’s a multi-agency service giving help to children and parents or carers. For example, parents often do courses to build their confidence and parenting skills and the support network is great if they are feeling alone and isolated.”
Don't miss your place
More than 150 families on certain benefits and with an annual income of less than £16,105 have already secured up to 600 hours in a nursery or other setting such as a childminder across Midlothian. However, there are still more Midlothian families, especially in and around Penicuik, eligible for a place for their two-year-old child.
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.