Conservative Controlled Council Gives Extra Support for 3 and 4 Year Olds

Staffordshire County CouncilThanks to Conservative controlled Staffordshire County Council, thousands of Staffordshire’s three and four year olds are set to get extra help and support.

The extra funding is being made available through the Early Years Pupil Premium, with child-minders, nurseries, pre-schools and school based settings receiving up to £300 per child per year.

Many children in families receiving benefits will be eligible for the additional support.

The extra funding came into effect on 1 April 2015 and builds on the entitlement of 15 free hours a week already available to all 3-and 4-year-olds.

Cllr Mike Lawrence, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Community Safety, said, “The county has around 434 good or outstanding providers and I would encourage parents to talk to them about what is available.”

Childcare providers will be able to decide how to use the extra funding to ensure they get the best results for the children in their care.

Providers may decide to employ more staff, or work with other others in their area to provide specialist support for things such as speech and language.

Parents should ask their local childcare provider about the scheme and applications for the funding must be made by the childcare setting where the child is attending.

Low income families and many claiming benefits with a two-year-old can also get 15 hours’ childcare free through the council’s Think2 scheme.

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