IT is often said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but did you know that there are
IT is often said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but did you know that there are some free offers out there for parents and their children?
Many parents are still not taking up the 15 hours of free early education that their three- or four-year-old child is entitled to.
However, there really are no strings attached and the government scheme offers 15 hours per week at a registered nursery or childminder for all children in the term after their third birthday.
Research shows that high quality early education can have a huge impact on children.
It also really helps to prepare them for their transition into primary school.
Early years education helps children to learn to be more independent, and to be in a group and to take turns. It also helps develop all the skills around numeracy and literacy that you would expect.
The Department for Education also announced this year that they will be rolling out the funding for some two-year-olds.
From September 2013 the 20 per cent most disadvantaged families in the country are eligible to receive 15 hours of free funding per week and this will rise to 40 per cent of two-year-olds by 2015.
In real terms, this means that nearly half of all two-year-olds will be able to access the funding, so it really is worth keeping an eye on this scheme.
At present, health visitors can refer families for the funded places, but the government will be looking at how to promote the free places too. If you want more information on this, do visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/early-years- education
The Old Station nursery on Henley’s Fair Mile has places available for children aged two, three or four. The nursery is housed in a fantastic rural setting with the Forest School opening this summer.
Please contact Julie for further information on (01491) 577716 or visit www.theoldstationnursery.co.uk