The benefits of free childcare for two-year-olds

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The benefits of free childcare for two-year-olds

There are enormous benefits for children who are able to access the right childcare facilities in their early years. This isn’t just a case of caring for them whilst their parents are at work; it also provides them with a range of learning opportunities. There are now more children who are entitled to Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) for two-year-olds.

What is the entitlement?

Children who qualify will be able to access up to 15 hours of free childcare every week for 38 weeks per year. They can begin at the start of the term following their second birthday. The hours can be taken in a range of approved settings, including child-minders, pre-schools, children’s centres, and day nurseries. The hours can only be used in one setting at a time. This offers your children the ability to interact with other children, learn through preschool games, and develop their personalities.

Who qualifies for free childcare?

Unlike the free childcare for three- and four-year-olds, not all two-year-olds are eligible for this element of the funding. The children of families who earn less than £16,190 and receive certain benefits will be entitled to the free childcare. Children who are cared for by the local authority or who have been adopted will also qualify, as will those with special educational needs and those who receive disability living allowance, have a SEN (Special Education Needs) statement, or have an education, health, and care plan.

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