Over 606 parents and carers in North Lincolnshire are reaping the benefits of free child care for their two-year olds – the fourth highest take-up out of 30 councils in the Central region.
North Lincolnshire Council, who administers the scheme, has helped around two-thirds (71.6 per cent) of eligible parents/carers receive 570 hours a year free child care. The national average is just 55 per cent. Since May 2014, the council has seen an 80 per cent growth in those accessing free child care.
You must meet certain criteria to qualify for the free childcare for two year olds.
How to apply:
Online at www.northlincs.gov.uk
Call the family information service on 01724 296629
Visit your local children’s centre
In receipt of:
Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit and have an annual household income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
Income-based jobseeker’s allowance (JSA)
Income-related employment and support allowance (ESA)
Support through part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act
The guaranteed element of state pension credit
The working tax credit four-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for working tax credit)
In families who do not meet the financial criteria but where the child meets any one of the following:
Have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan
Attract disability living allowance
Are looked after by their local council
Have left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order
Funding is also available to provide free childcare for all three-year olds.
Councillor Rob Waltham, cabinet member for People at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We are helping many parents and carers access free child care for their child. It’s good to hear that we have one of the highest take-ups nationally.
“It’s not too late to apply. It is a fantastic offer that is helping many parents ease the financial burden of childcare and is enabling more people to go back to work.”