More nursery places for 2 yr olds

Clober Primary School, Milngavie.

Clober Primary School, Milngavie.

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Parents and carers are being reminded that more two-year-olds are now eligible for funded early learning and childcare from next month.

Currently all three and four year olds and around 15 per cent of two year olds are entitled to 600 hours of annual funded early learning and childcare but this has now been extended to two year olds from low income households.

East Dunbartonshire Council is urging parents to register any eligible children for their funded places as soon as possible.

From August the entitlement is being rolled out to more parents.

Qualifying two year olds will be able to take up their place from the first term following their second birthday, where this falls on or after 1 March 2015.

Convener of Education, Councillor Eric Gotts, said: “The good news is that once a child becomes entitled to this early learning and childcare, they will stay entitled even if their parent becomes employed or their financial situation changes.

“The benefits of early year’s education are well documented and help children develop essential language, literacy and social skills. I am pleased that this has now been extended to children from more disadvantaged backgrounds.

“I would encourage parents and carers to check if their child is eligible and register now to get their place in the autumn term.”

East Dunbartonshire Council now has a number of centres, which offer child care for two year olds - some of which are open from 8pm to 6pm and throughout the year.

Places are available for two year olds at Clober Nursery and Castlehill Nursery in Bearsden and Milngavie.

Councillor Gotts added: “Many of these nurseries still have spaces from this August, so please get in touch with the council on 0300 123 4510 to find out how to register your child.”