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|Title:||Free childcare provision for some two-year-olds|
|ID & Publication:||20140811013 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Community News |
Doncaster Council is working to raise awareness of free childcare provision available for some two-year-olds.
The government-funded scheme was introduced to improve the outcomes of children from disadvantaged backgrounds and provides up to 15 hours of free childcare a week for families with household incomes of less than £16,190.
In the coming weeks, the council is hoping more eligible parents will make use of the free places.
Councillor Tony Corden, cabinet member for Children’s Services with a focus on Safeguarding, said: ‘We want to ensure more parents and carers are aware of this initiative which entitles eligible families to claim up to 15 hours free childcare a week.
‘If you have a two-year-old and your household income is less than £16,190 or you meet one of the other criteria then you may also be entitled to take up the funding.’
The free childcare will be made available in a nursery or pre-school setting or with a childminder.
Parents can claim a free place for their child if they are in receipt of one or more of the following:
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (Provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Universal Credit
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Support under Par VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Working Tax Credits and earn no more than £16,190 a year
- The child has a current statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan
- The family is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance for the child
- The child has left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order
For further information visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/earlyyears contact Doncaster Families Information Service on 0800 138 4568 (or 01302 862132 / 862136) or speak to a health visitor, children’s centre, childcare provider or school.
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