Do you have a two-year-old child?
Would your two-year-old child benefit from a funded place in a nursery, childminder or other early learning setting?
Lots more children could get a place
Last year, around 250 families on certain benefits and with an annual income of less than £16,105 secured up to 600 hours of early learning and childcare for their two-year-old child. However, there are still more Midlothian families eligible for a place.
Amber is enjoying her sessions
Natalie Dobson’s daughter Amber is one of the children enjoying her ‘Good Time to Be 2’ funded place with Hawthorn Children and Family Centre in Mayfield.
Amber's mum would recommend it
Natalie says she would recommend other families apply. She says: “I had seen information (about a Good Time to Be 2) on a poster and my oldest daughter Abbie had a place last year.
Making new friends
“I wasn’t sure if I would send Amber because she is shy. She would watch other children playing and it would take her a while to join in. But now she’s loving it. When I come to pick her up she sometimes doesn’t want to come home because she’s busy playing.
“Her speech is brilliant and she can count up to fifteen.”
Up to 600 hours
Amber goes to Hawthorn Children and Family Centre from 9am to 12.30pm, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Natalie says: “She loves messy play, like making playdoh and playing in the sand. She loves role play as well.”
More time for mum
Natalie and partner Matthew have five children in total. The Good Time to Be 2 place for Amber means they have a bit more time for their 10-month-old baby.
Natalie says: “I’ve got two older boys as well so life can be a bit hectic.”
How to apply
1140 hours coming
Note: 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.