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More Gateshead parents are benefiting from free childcare after the number of two-year-olds taking up their free place increased.

Gateshead now has the 17th highest take up of early learning places for two years olds in England which means more parents are able to work or study with help towards childcare costs. 

Councillor Gary Haley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

"It's great news that so many parents in Gateshead are taking advantage of the free childcare available to them, particularly as it will allow many to return to work, take up employment, retrain or study.

"I would urge parents to check to see if they are eligible as it could make a real positive difference to them and their families."

Check eligibility

Parents are eligible to apply if they are claiming a benefit, for example income support, Child Tax Credit and have a household income of less than £16,190.  Children are automatically eligible if they get Disability Living Allowance or have a current Statement of Special Educational Needs; have an Education, Health and Care Plan or if they are currently or have ever been, looked after by the local authority.

If your child is two or coming up to their second birthday, don't forget, you could be entitled to 15 hours of free early education and childcare with most of Gateshead's day nurseries and some pre-schools and childminders.

Don't miss out, you'll find all the information you need including eligibility criteria and application forms at www.gateshead.gov.uk/freechildcare or call 0191 433 5118.  For a list of childcare providers go to www.gateshead.gov.uk/fiso

Plus did you know that all three or four year olds are automatically entitled to 15 hours free childcare? And if you are a working family, you may also qualify for an extra 15 hours depending on your eligibility. For further information, please visit www.gateshead.gov.uk/30hourschildcare

This is based on 38 weeks of the year, although the hours may be stretched so your child uses fewer hours each week over more weeks, where available.

It also offers you more flexibility as you can also spread your hours over more than one childcare provider. So if your nursery or school playgroup is only open for 15 hours each week, for example, you can use your extra hours with other childcare providers including some childminders.

 

 

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04 February 2020

More Gateshead parents are benefiting from free childcare after the number of two-year-olds taking up their free place increased.

Gateshead now has the 17th highest take up of early learning places for two years olds in England which means more parents are able to work or study with help towards childcare costs. 

Councillor Gary Haley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

"It's great news that so many parents in Gateshead are taking advantage of the free childcare available to them, particularly as it will allow many to return to work, take up employment, retrain or study.

"I would urge parents to check to see if they are eligible as it could make a real positive difference to them and their families."

Check eligibility

Parents are eligible to apply if they are claiming a benefit, for example income support, Child Tax Credit and have a household income of less than £16,190.  Children are automatically eligible if they get Disability Living Allowance or have a current Statement of Special Educational Needs; have an Education, Health and Care Plan or if they are currently or have ever been, looked after by the local authority.

If your child is two or coming up to their second birthday, don't forget, you could be entitled to 15 hours of free early education and childcare with most of Gateshead's day nurseries and some pre-schools and childminders.

Don't miss out, you'll find all the information you need including eligibility criteria and application forms at www.gateshead.gov.uk/freechildcare or call 0191 433 5118.  For a list of childcare providers go to www.gateshead.gov.uk/fiso

Plus did you know that all three or four year olds are automatically entitled to 15 hours free childcare? And if you are a working family, you may also qualify for an extra 15 hours depending on your eligibility. For further information, please visit www.gateshead.gov.uk/30hourschildcare

This is based on 38 weeks of the year, although the hours may be stretched so your child uses fewer hours each week over more weeks, where available.

It also offers you more flexibility as you can also spread your hours over more than one childcare provider. So if your nursery or school playgroup is only open for 15 hours each week, for example, you can use your extra hours with other childcare providers including some childminders.

 

 

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