Parents of two-year-olds across Leicestershire are being encouraged to check whether they are eligible for funded childcare.
The scheme offers eligible children up to 570 hours of free childcare per year. To qualify, parents must be getting one of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Tax Credits and have an income under £16,190
- Universal Credit and have an annual net earned income of not over £15,400
Children are also entitled to a place if they are looked after by Leicestershire County Council, have a current statement of special education needs (SEN), or an education health and care plan (EHCP), get Disability Living Allowance or have left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order.
More than 1,200 children in the county currently receive funded childcare for two-year-olds.
Ivan Ould, county council cabinet member for children and families, said: “We are delighted that parents of two year olds across Leicestershire could benefit from additional funded childcare.
“Parents are encouraged to check their eligibility online or to talk with their childcare provider who can also help them with the process.”
Parents checking eligibility online can visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk/apply-for-2s or phone 0116 305 6208.
Parents can use an online search tool to find a childcare provider at https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/find-a-childcare-provider