Disadvantaged two-year-olds miss out on free childcare as take-up and availability of places stalls
Monday, December 17, 2018
A new report warns that disadvantaged two-year-olds are currently missing out on free childcare. Is the 30-hour offer for children of working parents squeezing out their places?
According to a new Department for Education (DfE) report, more than two in five responding local authorities (44 per cent) said that they had experienced difficulties over the last year in implementing funded early education entitlements for disadvantaged two-year-olds.
Two-year-olds who meet certain criteria, or whose parents are in receipt of some benefits, are entitled to 15 hours a week funded childcare. All three and four-year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours a week of free early education. Since September 2017 the entitlement was extended to 30 hours free childcare for families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and each parent earns a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or living wage, and less than £100,000 per year.
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