The Department for Education (DfE) is encouraging Somali parents to consider taking up the opportunity of free early education and childcare for their two-year-old children. The scheme enables families with an income of less than £16,190 per year from either work or benefits to apply for 15 hours of free early education and childcare a week. If eligible, families can take advantage of one of the approved child-minders, nurseries or children’s centres operating in their local area. Only nurseries and child-minders with ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Ofsted reports are able to offer places.
Early education at the age of two gives children a good start in life, making them more likely to enjoy and do well at school. It also gives children the opportunity to interact with other children and try new activities. DfE is committed to raising awareness and encouraging more Somali parents who are eligible to take up the offer and choose between a local nursery, children’s centre or a registered child-minder.
Roda Hussein, mother, TV presenter and campaign supporter said:
“This is a great scheme that our community should be fully aware of and utilise. As a single mother of three children, I know that we all want the best start for our children. Good quality early education offers our children so many benefits like developing speech and language. It also gives our children the opportunity to interact with other children and try new activities. I would encourage parents to check with their local authority to make sure they don’t miss out.”
For more information on free early education and childcare offer go to www.gov.uk/freechildcare or search ‘early learning’ on your local authority’s website.
ATM Media Department