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We all want to give our children the best start and would do anything within our means to help them get off on the right foot in their journey through life.
So, with this in mind it might be surprising to hear that half of England’s parents of two-year-olds, who are entitled to15 hours of free childcare a week are not using it.
All three to four-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free education or childcare per year but there is also extra help for some two-year-olds.
Children in care, living in a family claiming welfare benefits or those with a disability or special education need may be entitled to free early education and childcare.
A recent BBC news article suggests that there is an achievement gap between those children who come from less affluent backgrounds when compared to those who come from financially better off families; with the Department for Education explaining the importance of early education by saying: "The overwhelming evidence shows high-quality early years provision gives benefits that last throughout a child's life."
To find out more about the opportunities open to you and your children take a look at the guidelines and advice from the Government.
Do you know that we offer support to young families? Take a look here to find out if we can help you.