Free childcare for Sutton’s poorest toddlers

April 16, 2013 1:10 PM

Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington has urged parents in Sutton to find out if their two-year-olds are eligible for 15 hours of free childcare a week.

460 of the poorest toddlers in Sutton, an investment of £3,156 per child, are set to benefit from 15 hours of free childcare a week. Commencing from September, this measure will help the most disadvantage families in Sutton with the childcare costs.

Tom said:

"Every child deserves the best possible start in life. Investing in early years' education makes a significant difference to a child's life chances and will help children reach their full potential."

"I want to make sure that no child in Carshalton and Wallington misses out so I'd encourage all parents to find out if their toddler is eligible."

Evidence shows that children from lower income households are more at risk of falling behind their classmates in school. Differences emerge early on in life.

The 15 hours of free childcare a week will be available to around 130,000 two-year-olds from lower income backgrounds across England. The first of these eligible toddlers will have their second birthday this month.

This is additional to the £100m investment in capital spending for additional nursery places announced by the Coalition Government last year.

Parents can find out if their child is eligible by contacting either their local nursery provider or their local authority.

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