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Increasing Nursery Education provision

Friday, February 1, 2008

Heeley MP Meg Munn welcomes a Sheffield project that will increase the amount of free nursery education available to parents in the city. The Early Years Education and Childcare Service are participating in a government pilot involving 3 and 4 year old children. Currently, children are entitled to 12 hours per week of free nursery education from the term after their third birthday until their admission to Reception class; this will increase to 15 hours.


Meg said:


“I am delighted that Sheffield is taking part in the pilot scheme and support the Government’s commitment to offer all eligible children 15 hours of free nursery education per week. This increase in the hours can be used flexibly, meeting the needs of parents wanting to take up work or training opportunities.


I saw for myself the benefits of giving parents the opportunity to train. I recently attended an award ceremony for parents who had undertaken childcare courses at the Tiddlywinks Children Centre in my constituency. The courses, provided in-house by the Centre, have not only opened doors into employment, but also increased parent’s confidence and motivation. I believe this has had a positive impact within the local community.”


Sheffield is one of 20 authorities involved in the early implementation of the increased flexible entitlement. During the 2007/08 financial year the project has been operating in two areas of the city, Ministers have now advised all Pathfinder authorities to roll out their projects to cover all eligible children from April 2008.


The scheme starts between April and September 2008. Contact your school or provider directly to find out more, or Sheffield Information Link on 0114 275 6699 or visit Sheffield City Council’s website www.sheffield.gov.uk

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