Tax-free childcare will start from 28th April 2017 for parents of children under 2 and will be available to all parents with children under 12 years of age (or under 17 if disabled) by the end of 2017.
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What is free early education for 2, 3 and 4 year old children?
Free early education is an opportunity for your child to join in play based activities in a quality environment to support their developmental learning journey. Research clearly demonstrates that good quality early education benefits children in the long term in respect of enhancing their all round cognitive, language, and social and emotional development.
Why are places available now for some two year olds?
Research has shown that access to quality early education improves children’s outcomes and can
- improve children’s development, for example, their communication skills
- help them to learn to socialise with other children and to make friends
- help them to begin to get ready for school
- help them to extend their skills and experiences, develop their confidence and build on what they know
Frequently asked questions
How will my child benefit from attending free early education?
Your child will have the chance to play and learn in an environment that will help to extend their skills and experiences , develop their confidence and build on what they already know.
Where can my child get their free early education?
Free early education is provided by a range of providers in the maintained, private and voluntary and independent sectors . For more information and a description of each provider contact the families information service on (01254) 667877 or go to page 10 of the "Free early education for 3 and 4 year old children 2016/2017" handbook.
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