FUNDING for pre-school education is now on offer in Thurrock, with the ‘two-year-old early years entitlement’ which provides free high-quality early education and childcare for children whose parents or carers are on a low income and in receipt of certain benefits.
This means nursery education is now provided for one in five local children of pre-school age as funding for education for two-year-olds increases.
Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for education, Cllr John Kent, said: “High quality early years education can have a positive impact on a child’s whole school career, laying firm foundations from the outset.
“The benefits include developing children’s speech and listening skills, as well as their social skills. It helps to build children’s confidence and supports their love of learning. Research also shows that high-quality early years education improves children’s educational outcomes by building strong foundations for their future learning.”
Free childcare can be taken as 15 hours a week during school term time, and in some childcare settings it can be ‘stretched’ over a longer period for fewer hours each week.
Eligible children can access funding from the first school term after their second birthday and can receive 570 hours over three terms.
Application forms are available from children’s centres and child care providers who are eligible to deliver the Two Year Old Early Years Entitlement. For more information, please contact the Family Information Service on 01375 652801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org