City’s poorest toddlers to benefit from free childcare
Cambridge’s poorest toddlers will benefit from 15 hours free childcare a week from September following a government investment of more than £3 million in the city.
MP Julian Huppert has welcomed the news which delivers on a Liberal Democrat commitment to additional early years’ education.
The funding means 1,045 children in Cambridge will each receive £2,880 worth of free childcare.
And the investment is in addition to the £100 million of capital spending on additional nursery places announced by Lib Dem Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last year.
Julian urged parents across Cambridge to find out whether their two-year-olds could benefit.
He said: “We know that early years’ education can make a real difference to children from disadvantaged backgrounds who are at risk of falling behind their classmates in school. It gives them the best possible start in life.
“I want to make sure that no child in Cambridge misses out on this free childcare. I would urge parents of children turning two this month or later to find out whether their child is eligible.”