Doncaster council’s free childcare plea

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Doncaster Council is encouraging mums and dads across the borough to take advantage of free childcare provision on offer for some two-year-olds.

The government-funded scheme has been introduced to improve the outcomes of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The scheme provides up to 15 hours of free childcare a week for families with household incomes of less than £16,190.

And the local authority is hoping that more people across Doncaster will make use of the scheme over the next few weeks.

Councillor Tony Corden, cabinet member for Children’s Services with a focus on Safeguarding, said of the scheme: “We want to ensure more parents and carers are aware of this initiative.

“It entitles eligible families to claim up to 15 hours of free childcare a week.”

He added: “If you have a two-year-old, and your household income is less than £16,190, or you meet one of the other criteria, then you may also be entitled to take up the funding.”

The free childcare can either be made available in a nursery or pre-school setting or alternatively with a childminder.

Doncaster parents can claim a free place for their child if they are in receipt of one or more benefits such as income support, income based jobseekers’ allowance, universal credits or working tax credits if they earn less than £16,190 a year.

Log on to Early Education for more information.