Some parents in East Yorkshire could be getting up to 15 hours of free childcare a week, starting in the term after their child’s second birthday.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has decided to offer these funded places in advance of the official start date of 1 September 2014, when they become a legal entitlement nationwide.
The free places can be accessed at a childminder, day-nursery, pre-school, nursery school or independent school.
They are available to parents on Working Tax Credit and an income of less than £16,190 a year, as well as qualifying benefits such as Job Seekers Allowance. Free places are also available to parents whose child has a current statement of special educational needs (SEN), or an education, health and care plan, and children who receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
For more information about the free childcare places, to find out how to apply and for a list of childcare settings, visit the Families Information Service Hub (FISH) website at www.fish.eastriding.gov.uk and go to the two-year-old funded places page; ring the FISH helpline on (01482) 396469 or email email@example.com.