13 July 2015

Northamptonshire County Council is encouraging parents and carers to find out whether they are eligible for free childcare and education for two-year-olds.

Families could benefit from up to 15 hours free childcare a week with an approved nursery, childminder or pre-school and parents who receive Working Families Tax Credit with an income of no more than £16,190 are eligible for the scheme, which is available across the UK.

Applying for a free place will not affect families’ benefit entitlement.

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It is estimated that there are around 3,380 eligible two-year-olds in Northamptonshire, yet only 1,650 families are taking advantage of the free childcare.

Cllr Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for children and families, said: “This scheme is a fantastic way for parents to benefit from childcare they might otherwise not be able to afford.

“Good early years education can greatly benefit a child’s learning, development and social skills. That’s why we are inviting parents to find out if they are eligible for free childcare with an approved early years provider in Northamptonshire.”

Parents can find out if they are eligible for free childcare by visiting www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/2yearfunding.