Early Learning and Childcare Expansion - Families can now find out about funded places for children for August 2020

Friday 10 January 2020

A nationwide public information campaign is encouraging families in Angus to find out more about funded early learning and childcare ahead of a major expansion this summer.

 

From August, all three and four-year-olds, and around a quarter of two-year-olds, will benefit from up to 1,140 hours of childcare a year - the most generous offer in the UK.

 

Parents or carers can find out more information about the options available to suit their needs, whether in a local authority, private, playgroup or childminder setting.

 

Councillor Derek Wann, Convener of Angus Council’s Children and Learning Committee said: “In Angus we’ve been working hard to get ready to deliver on the commitment to offer learning and care that is of a high quality and will offer flexibility and choice for parents and carers.

 

“We’ve four main options for people accessing their child’s funded entitlement. Three of these options will be provided by Angus Council, with a fourth option and some other more flexible options also available from private nurseries, playgroups and childminders.

 

“We are organising eight drop-in sessions in February where parents and carers can come along to find out more about what’s on offer and to ask questions about the different ways they can access up to 1,140 hours of funded early learning and childcare a year. I would encourage everyone with children who will be three or four this August to come along to find out more. Look out for information about these events on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.”

 

Children’s Minister Maree Todd said: “If you’ve got a child who will be two, three or four, now is the time to see what they could receive from this August.

"ELC helps to boost children’s confidence and communication skills, alongside access to more opportunities such as outdoor learning. It also enables mums and dads to get back into, or spend more time, studying, working or training.

“There is no cost to families who take up this offer, so the 1,140 hours can save each family as much as £4,500. I would encourage all parents with eligible children to identify the funded option that is best for their child from the great choices available.”

Find out more about the increase in funded early learning and childcare hours