Families urged to take up free child care places for two-year-olds

Thousands of low-income families with two year old children are being urged to find out if they are able to benefit from free childcare places in a scheme offered across Leeds.

Childcare providers, including childminders, pre-schools, children’s centres and private nurseries, now have the opportunity to offer quality play and learning experiences to all eligible two year olds, thanks to additional funding from the government.

The free early educational entitlement will fund childcare for all eligible two year olds across the city. By 2015, over 4000 two year olds will be eligible for places.

Nursery providers who want to find out more about the free child care places for eligible two year olds can attend one of two events organised by Leeds City Council.

The first event will be held on Tuesday 4 June 2013 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm at Pudsey Civic Hall and the second event will be held on Tuesday 11 June 2013 from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm at Leeds Civic Hall.

The overall aim is to raise attainment among the eligible children, but a key element of the scheme is to support parents involvement in their children’s learning at home by taking part in courses at their local children’s centre, to help them support their children’s learning, as well as building their own confidence and skills.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said:

“This is excellent news for families in Leeds, enabling parents and carers to take advantage of training opportunities and return to work incentives, whilst accessing the free childcare places.

“The money coming to Leeds through this grant will not only benefit eligible two year olds and their families, but will also provide over 1000 new job opportunities in the childcare sector.

“We are working hard to bring everyone together to make Leeds a child friendly city – a place where children are valued, supported, enjoy growing up, and look forward to a bright future.”

Roadshows will be held at children’s centres and libraries across the city over the summer to enable parents to find out more about the places. Details will be announced shortly.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk